Posted: 25 October 2013 at 12:05pm | IP Logged
Why do most of us say "Buddha was born in Nepal"?? Don't get me wrong, I'm not disputing his birthplace. The only problem is that, technically speaking, this statement is wrong. Buddha WASN'T "born" anywhere. It is Prince Siddhartha Gautama who was born in Nepal. Siddhartha Gautama did NOT become The Buddha immediately after birth.
And, if you really have to talk about Buddha's "birth", it is actually Siddhartha's enlightenment, after which he became known as The Buddha. This glorious event happened in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India. I presume you've all heard of the Mahabodhi Temple, right?
I honestly don't understand why some people get so egoistically possessive about Siddhartha's birthplace. Yes, I am aware that many people still make the mistake of saying that he was born in India. But why feel so egoistic about the whole thing that you actually get "offended", if someone mistakenly says that he was born in India? I mean, Buddha's teachings are for the "entire world", and not just "restricted" for the country where he was born as Siddhartha.
I wonder if Siddhartha himself really cared about where he was born. And I wonder how Siddhartha himself would react if he came to know that arguments actually occur over his birthplace...
By making his birthplace an ego issue of sorts, we are basically displaying our own narrow mindset that we cannot escape from the shackles of regionalism.
Siddhartha Gautama was born in Nepal, and he became The Buddha in India.
See - BOTH countries get credit, if that is what people argue about so much.