Buddha was a wise person on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.
The word Buddha literally means “the awakened one” – someone who has no lack of knowledge and can see the universe as it really is. He was a legendary prince and was a son of a nobleman, who founded a major world religion around 5th century B.C.
Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama or Shayamuni, was a person who was completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and was the son of Suddhodana, who was the head of Sakya tribe. He was brought up by his mother’s younger sister, Maha Pajapati. At the age of sixteen, he got married to Princess Yasodhara. According to the traditional account, she gave birth to a son, named Rahula.
Buddha's father always protected him from religious teachings and from knowledge of human suffering. But unfortunately, at the age of 29, Buddha left his palace to know about his subjects. He practiced yogic meditation under two hermit teachers. However, he was not satisfied and moved to be a student of yoga with Udaka Ramaputta, but he again moved on. Finally, one day Buddha had entered into spontaneous mediation while sitting in the shade of a rose-apple tree (Fiscus tree). He meditated until he achieved enlightenment or Bodhi. Finally, he remembered what he had learned. This became the doctrine of Buddhism.
It is impossible to describe all the qualities of Buddha. Buddha’s compassion, wisdom, and power are completely beyond conception. He can emanate any form whatsoever to help living beings. The followers of the teachings of Buddha can associate themselves as Buddhists and sometimes as non-Buddhists.