Siddhartha Gautama

 

"What you are is what you have been.

What you'll be is what you do now."

 

- Gautama Buddha

 

According to modern scholars, Siddhartha Gautama lived during the 4th century BCE, born to a chieftain of the Shakya state near the foot of the Himalayas (present day Nepal). Siddhartha's mother died shortly after he was born, and his father wanting his son to become a great king, shielded Siddhartha from religious teachings and surrounded him in luxuries. At the age of sixteen Siddhartha was married to his cousin Yasodhara, and they had a son, Rahula. Siddhartha lived in opulence as a royal prince until he reached 29, when for the first time he came face to face with various forms of human suffering. This led to an internal crisis, and he abruptly left everything behind to live life as a homeless ascetic under two yogic masters. Siddhartha practiced extreme asceticism for the next six years until he eventually realized that this did not provide the answers he was seeking. And then one day he ate a meal, took a bath, and meditated under a fig tree for 49 days until he attained Nirvana and became known as the Buddha, or "awakened one" at the age of 35. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

Wet clay model

 

Siddhartha Gautama

Wet clay model

 

Siddhartha Gautama

Concept sketch - iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

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