The Buddha (c. 563/480 – c.483/400 BC) Born: Siddhārtha Gautama (Sanskrit: सिद्धार्थ गौतम Siddhārtha Gautama, or Siddhattha Gotama in Pali, also called the Gautama Buddha, the Shakyamuni Buddha, “Sage of the Shakyas”) or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was a monk (śramaṇa), mendicant, sage, philosopher, teacher and religious leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the northeastern part of ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE.
Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the śramaṇa movement common in his region. He later taught throughout other regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kosala.
Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism. He is believed by Buddhists to be an enlightened teacher who attained full Buddhahood and shared his insights to help sentient beings end rebirth and suffering. Accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarised after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition and first committed to writing about 400 years later.
“Just As A Snake Sheds Its Skin, We Must Shed Our Past Over And Over Again.”
– The Buddha