Buddha - Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Saturday, April 05, 2008.
This Bronze Budha was cast in 1970 in Tajima, Japan, for the Taionji Temple and presented to the Japanese Tea Garden in 1949 by the S. & G. Gump Company of San Francisco. Buddha (ca. bce. 563 to ca. bce. 483) is the historic founder of the Buddhist religion. Born prince, Siddhartha of the Sakyas lived in the area now called Nepal. He renounced his home and great luxury at the age of 29 for an ascetic life sitting under a Bo Tree in concentrated meditation after what he attained his great enlightenment and understanding of the causes of human suffering. He became known as Buddha, meaning The Enlightened One.