The origin, traditional Buddhism began in the 6th century BC with the historical person born Siddhartha Gautama, but better known by a variety of titles including Shakyammi, Tathagata, or most commonly Buddha, the enlightened one. The legend of the Buddha's life has acquired plenty of variations and embellishments over the years, but the basic facts are accepted as traditional, including the dates of his birth and death.
The story of Buddha's birth is encrusted with myth and fable as that of any God-figure in human history. For instance, he is said to have issued from his mother's womb sta…
- "Buddhism in China: A Historical Survey" by Kenneth K.S. Book Report
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