Students of Ascended Master Teachings consider Buddha to be one of the Seven Ascended Masters.
Ascended Masters are considered important spiritual individuals whose past lives include the role of ordinary humans before evolving through a series of spiritual transmutations.
Siddhartha Gautama (now simply known under the title of ‘Buddha’) was born in India around 566 BC, son of King Suddhodana and Queen Maya.
Siddhartha Gautama lived a life luxury for the time period. He eventually would leave the comforts of his royal home and experience first-hand, the old, the sick, and the dead. His initial response to this eye-opening experience was to give up his worldly possessions and become a monk, subsisting as those in poverty. He would eventually feel unsatisfied with this lifestyle and would initiate a practice of living he referred to as ‘Middle Way’. This practice is a middle ground between his two life experience neither luxurious nor in poverty. With this founding principle, Buddha followed a path to enlightenment or “awakening”.
It should be noted that Buddha is not a name, but a title which translated literally means “one who is awake”.
The word “Buddha” was derived from the Sanskrit word “Budh” with the reference of ‘waking up’ signifying a ‘waking to real life.’
And just like the central Buddha figure, all schools of Buddhism seek to aid followers on a path of enlightenment.
A few well-known quotes by Buddha:
What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.
If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?
Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.
Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind?
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.