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Wikipedia has another long section on the Buddha, with info. that could be included here.[edit]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_Buddhism#The_Buddha

A minor point[edit]

In the historical section it notes that "No written records about Gautama have been found from his lifetime or several centuries thereafter."

However, in Popular Archeology at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/03012014/article/archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of-birth-of-buddha it notes that "Long lost and hidden by jungle overgrowth, ancient Lumbini was rediscovered in 1896 and, because of an inscription on a sandstone pillar discovered at the site, was identified as the birthplace of the Buddha. The inscription bears record of a historic visit by 3rd century India's Emperor Ashoka to the site of the Buddha's birth. The inscription also included the site's name as Lumbini."

Does this not mean that while the first century BCE Gandhāran Buddhist texts are the earliest Buddhist texts, the pillar is the first written reference to the historical Gautama? (The Ashokan pillars also contain written inscriptions referencing Buddhism.) I could not find the translation of the script on the pillar, photographed here http://www.travelomy.com/ashoka-pillar-of-lumbini-photos-videos#Inscription-on-the-Pillar-4e02cc41e1787 but apparently it refers to Gautama and Lumbini being his birthplace and therefore tax free http://www.travelomy.com/ashoka-pillar-of-lumbini. Star A Star (talk) 04:28, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 29 April 2014[edit]

Buddha#Conception and birth possibly elsewhere. Buddha was born at lumbine Nepal and it's proved by UNESCO. And wikipedia is one of the most popular site and giving wrong information about Buddha which one is same. That's why i request to wikipedia change Buddha born at Lumbini Nepal. 80.238.67.241 (talk) 08:45, 29 April 2014 (UTC)]]

Various possibilities are being mentioned. Present-day Lumbini is one of them. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 10:51, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 5 May 2014[edit]

Respected sir, This article seems nice but We ( from Nepal) think you should mention clearly in the introduction part that where was Buddha born i.e in Lumbini, Nepal rather you have mentioned in northeastern India. You should know that we are not always introduced by India and we have our own identity. Of course, for this we will go to the locals & up to upper level. You should verify whether the information is reliable or not.

Thank You.

Regards, Surina from NEPAL.

Surna meher (talk) 09:17, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Lumbini is one of several possibilities, though the most likely one, which is clear from the article. "Nepal" did not exist at the Buddha's time. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 11:44, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 18 June 2014[edit]

Need to change the word Buddha to Lord Buddha Jdhdineshkumara (talk) 10:27, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done Per WP:NPOV, honorifics are not added to the names of religious figures. For example, we do not write Muhammad (PBUH) or Lord Jesus Christ. --NeilN talk to me 10:52, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Section "awakening" should read "enlightenment" or "awakening to enlightenment"[edit]

Hi there,

Look I've noticed this is a bit of a pattern at Wikipedia, you like to strip subjects of their dressing as if to somehow reveal that you know a subject because you have cut it back to its bare bones, it does not follow that this is some kind of experience in the subject yet you pretend it to be so.

In this case, you have called Buddha's enlightenment "awakening" when it is not awakening for its own sake. It's a bit like saying "clock" for midday and expecting people trying to learn the subject of midday by the word clock, just because the word clock is related doesn't make it a more accurate picture of midday. It is inept.

If I said to you, you don't really know who you are, you are just "name", you would be offended, well it is the same here.

I understand that you can take a devoted or an honourable approach to knowledge, and you have prefered an honourable approach, but limiting honour that sounds like devotion even when objectively it makes no difference is disingenuous.

Please change this.58.6.242.229 (talk) 03:52, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Sources, please? Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:21, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

citation [39] page numbers[edit]

The quote from Michael Carrithers is on page 3; I think that should be added as a minor edit. --AlixeTiir (talk) 18:36, 5 July 2014 (UTC)