Buddha Charm Earrings – Tibetan silver charms
The Buddha Charm Earrings celebrate the founder of the eastern religion that bears his name. They cost just £4.99 with Free postage to addresses in the UK.
The Buddha Charm Earrings celebrate the founder of the eastern religion that bears his name. Yet Buddha is a title, rather than a name.
“Buddha” means “one who is awake.” The Buddha who lived 2,600 years ago was not a god. He was an ordinary person, named Siddhartha Gautama, whose profound insights inspired the world.
The story begins with Siddhartha Gautama’s birth in Lumbini, Nepal, in about 567 BCE. He was the son of a king, raised in sheltered opulence. He married and had a son.
Prince Siddhartha was twenty-nine years old when his life changed. In carriage rides outside his palaces he first saw a sick person, then an old man, then a corpse. This shook him to the core of his being; he realized that his privileged status would not protect him from sickness, old age, and death. When he saw a spiritual seeker — a mendicant “holy man” ― the urge to seek peace of mind arose in him.
The prince renounced his worldly life and began a spiritual quest. But, after six years of this, the prince felt only frustration.
Eventually, he realized that the path to peace was through mental discipline. At Bodh Gaya, in the modern Indian state of Bihar, he sat in meditation beneath a ficus tree, “the Bodhi tree,” until he awakened, or realized enlightenment. From that time on, he would be known as the Buddha.
He spent the rest of his life teaching people how to realize enlightenment for themselves. His first sermon was in modern-day Sarnath, near Benares, and then walked from village to village, attracting disciples along the way. Later, he founded the original order of Buddhist nuns and monks, many of whom became great teachers also. He died in Kushinagar, located in what is now the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, about 483 BCE.
The traditional story of the Buddha’s life may not be factually accurate; we have no way to know for certain. Historians today generally agree there was a historical Buddha, and that he lived sometime in the 4th through 6th centuries BCE, give or take. It’s believed that at least some of the sermons and monastic rules recorded in the oldest scriptures are his words, or something close to his words. But that’s as far as most historical scholars will go.
The bald, chubby, laughing fellow many Westerners think of as Buddha is a character from tenth-century Chinese folklore. His name is Budai in China, or Hotei in Japan. He represents happiness and abundance, and he is a protector of children and the sick and weak. In some stories he is explained as an emanation of Maitreya, the future Buddha.
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These Buddha Charm Earrings reach 3.5 cm below your piercings. The charms are 1.5 cm high and 1.7 cm wide. They cost just £4.99 with Free postage to addresses in the UK.
|Dimensions||1.7 × 3.5 cm|