The Buddha & The Sacred Site
The historical Buddha, often called Shakyamuni (“Sage of the Shakyas”) in later times, was born into an elite family of the Shakya clan, whose territory lay on what is now the border between northeastern India and Nepal. Traditionally, the date of his birth was believed to be 563 BCE, but he may have been born as much as a century later. After renouncing his princely life for spiritual pursuits, he began a long physical and spiritual journey that ultimately led to his enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya. After his enlightenment, he went on to teach the Four Noble Truths. According to this doctrine, suffering exists in all life; suffering is caused by desire or attachment; to end suffering, one must transcend desire or attachment; and to transcend desire and attachment, one must follow a path of righteous living, known as the Noble Eightfold Path.
Bodh Gaya, The Site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment
Pilgrims visit the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya.
WATCH THE VIDEO
The Buddha Documentary
Visit The Buddha website, a film by David Grubin for PBS, produced in conjunction with the exhibition. VISIT THE WEBSITE