Buddha’ is not a name but a title, meaning ‘Awakened One’ or ‘Enlightened One’. The person who became ‘the Buddha’ of our age was born as Siddhattha Gotama (in Pāli) or Siddhārtha Gautama (in Sanskrit). He is not seen as unique in being a Buddha, as Buddhas are seen to have arisen in past eons of the world, and will do so in future. They are not incarnations of a God, but humans who have developed ethical and spiritual perfections over many lives. A Buddha is seen as one who becomes awakened to the true nature of reality, and awakened from ingrained greed, hatred and delusion. They are enlightened in being able to clearly see the nature of the conditioned world,

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