Siddhartha Gautama (c. 563–c. 483 BCE), also known as the Buddha, was an ancient Indian philosopher, spiritual teacher, and religious leader whose teachings are the basis of the religion of Buddhism today. Born into an aristocratic family, his discovery of the nature of suffering and his attempts to follow various spiritual disciplines of the time led him to ultimately discover “The Middle Way” between sensual indulgence and spiritual asceticism, which brought him to spiritual enlightenment.
For 2,500 years, the wisdom of Buddha has offered an estimated one and half billion people a systematic way to see clearly, live wisely, and cultivate inner calm. This simple volume distills the essence of Buddha's teachings, a way of life followed by more than one quarter of the human race.
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