Gautama Buddha, or Siddhārtha Gautama, is known as the Supreme Buddha. Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one.” Siddhārtha’s teachings are called “The Middle Way” or “The Middle Path” and are the basis behind the Eastern Philosophy of Buddhism.
The reason the Buddha inspires me is because he has given me the means to control my attitude toward life. I no longer look to the past and witness my harmful life, and I no longer long for the future. Both of these left me unsatisfied, disenchanted, and often quite depressed. It wasn’t until I began following the teachings of the Buddha that I learned to live in the here and now. To be present in every moment. To be mindful of my daily activities. To become emptiness in order to live a full life. I no longer desire possessions, feel entitled, or have the need to be better than anyone else. I simply AM. The me I was destined to be. Wholly and spiritually aware.
Interesting fact: Siddhārtha Gautama was said to be a Prince, was married and had one child. He gave up his stately life after encountering a diseased man, a decaying corpse, and an ascetic. After which, he went on to become an ascetic himself and eventually the enlightened one.