The birth of the historical Buddha and the Four Sights


The importance of the biography of the historical Buddha for Buddhists today.

Art and iconography focuses on the Buddha and the stories of his early life.

Buddhism can be read in a purely rational level just studying the concepts rather than the stories (walpola rahula). We can understand Buddhism through our intelligence and understanding of the concepts of Buddhism – we don’t need the stories.

Sidhartha has very scant historical data.


The relative significance of different ways in which the biography may be interpreted