- from Indian Empires
Many centuries ago, in a part of northern India that is now the country of Nepal, a prince was born. His name was Siddhartha Gautama. Prince Siddhartha was raised in luxury and wealth, kept apart from the rest of the world in royal palaces.
At the age of 29, the prince left the palace for the first time. He was shocked to see sickness and poverty and to learn that people get old and die. After this, he rejected his life of comfort and set out to understand why people have to suffer in life. This was the beginning of Siddhartha’s journey to become a great moral teacher known as the Buddha, or “Enlightened One.” This led to the creation of Buddhism.