The title given to Siddhartha Gautama after he achieved enlightenment.
1. The word Buddha is to Buddhism as the word Christ is to Christianity and as the word Mahavira is to Jainism - a title (the awakened one, the anointed one, and the great hero)
2. According to legend, the Buddha's dying words were: "Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others." [This of course means that the Buddha would not have become a Buddhist.]
3. "At the time of the Buddha there was already in those days a belief in India that at long intervals Wisdom returned to the earth and was revealed to mankind through a chosen person known as The Buddha.
According to Indian belief there have been many such Buddhas. Gautama Buddha is only the latest one in a series.
But it is doubtful if he himself accepted that title or recognized that theory. In his discourses he never called himself The Buddha."
(H.G. Wells, Outline of History, p315)
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