Siddhārtha Gautama or Siddhattha Gotama in Pali, also called the Gautama Buddha, the Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was a monk, mendicant, sage, philosopher, teacher and religious leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.
Born: Lumbini, Nepal
Died: Kushinagar, India
Full name: Siddhartha Gautama Spouse: Yaśodharā
Some Buddha Quotes
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Buddhist Main Tenets
The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism are stated in simple terms as:
Suffering, pain, and misery exist in life
Suffering arises from attachment to desires
Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases
Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path
I'm traveling in New Hampshire right now so beginning tomorrow I will share thoughts on the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path for at least the next week.
It's said this is where Buddha attained enlightenment, but only Buddha knows. I truly imagine he would have kept it a secret. :)