"Buddha" is not a surname, as one might think, but an honorary
title given only to persons who have realized salvation through
their own realization.
The man usually referred to by this title is a historical figure. He probably lived between the 6th and 5th century B.C. in northern India and was called Siddhartha Gautama before his enlightenment. The teaching (dharma) he revealed, which has undergone many further developments over the centuries, and the monastic order he founded are still alive today, in recent years through the lively activity of Tibetan lamas here in the West.read more...