Buddhism was found by Gautama Buddha also known as
Siddhartha Gautama or simply Buddha. Buddha is nor a personal name,
but rather a title that can be translated as "the enlightened one"
or "awakened one". According to Buddhist mythology he was prince in
the ancient Shakya republic in the North India. He left his throne,
wife and child to seek solitude in the wilderness where he achieved
enlightenment. He set several rule for people to follow his path
known as the Middle Way that constitute Buddhism today.
Buddhism is undoubtedly one of the largest and
influential religions in the modern World. Yet there might be good odds
that the founder of the one of the
most popular religions might have never existed on a first place. It
would be wrong to completely deny the existence of some charismatic
leader that started a movement known as Buddhism however many of the
aspects of biography of Buddha- Gautama and his teaching indicate
that this World religion was a product of many teachers that lived
in separate time periods and had somewhat different ideas of
achieving the enlightenment. Furthermore many aspects of the
biography of Buddha has similar motifs in stories and legends of
various groups of India and surrounding lands. It is probable that
these legends simply were taken by the Buddhists to further enhance
perfect image of prince Gautama that became known as Buddha.