Meaning of the word Buddha

buddha: from the Sanskrit बुद्धि buddhi

बुद्धि buddhi can mean any of the following: 

perception, reason, talent, wit, thought about or meditation on, judgement, comprehension, realization, presence of mind, mind, idea, opinion, understanding, kind of metre, intelligence, conjecture, purpose, resolve, impression, point of view, knowledge of one’s self, psychology, intellectual faculty, correct or reasonable view, inkling, ready wit, decision, Intelligence personified, belief or notion, notion, apprehension, design, brainpower, right opinion, intellect, intention, knowledge, intuition, power of forming and retaining conceptions and general notions, mental attitude, discernment, and more.

The term buddha means ‘enlightened one’ or ‘knower’ or ‘wise one’.

In Buddhism

In Buddhism, humans have inherent buddha nature which can be realized when one attains a certain level of knowledge and mental discipline at which point one becomes a enlightened, therefore a buddha, and that signifies the end of the cycle of repeated incarnations (samsara) as a human being.

Most human beings will one day realize their inherent buddha-nature.

Logic says that millions of human beings have become buddhas over the course of human history.

Logic therefore continues that many people become buddhas every day.

An example of someone who became a Buddha is the founder of Buddhism, Siddartha Gautama from the Shakyamuni clan in North India. Gautama Buddha taught the Buddha Way as the Four Noble Truths and the Eighfold Path, almost 2,500 years ago. Over ensuing centuries more than 100,000 Buddhist Sutras were created to explain more about Gautama Buddhas teaching, and to expand his body of teaching.




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