What does Buddha mean?

Definitions for Buddha
ˈbu də, ˈbʊd əbud·dha

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Buddha, Siddhartha, Gautama, Gautama Siddhartha, Gautama Buddhanoun

    founder of Buddhism; worshipped as a god (c 563-483 BC)

  2. Buddhanoun

    one who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment


  1. Buddhanoun

    Shakyamuni Buddha, Nepalese spiritual and philosophical teacher and founder of Buddhism; Siddhartha Gautama.

  2. Buddhanoun

    Any of the other Buddhas named in Buddhist scriptures.

  3. Buddhanoun

    An enlightened or awakened sentient being.

  4. Buddhanoun

    A statue or image of any Buddha.

    I love the Buddha in your living room where did you get it?

  5. buddhanoun

    An enlightened human being.

  6. buddhanoun

    A statue or image of the Buddha.

  7. buddhanoun

    Siddhartha Gautama.

  8. buddhanoun


    I love the Buddha in your living room where did you get it?


  1. Buddha

    Siddhartha Gautama, most commonly referred to as the Buddha, was a wandering ascetic and religious teacher who lived in South Asia during the 6th or 5th century BCE and founded Buddhism. According to Buddhist tradition, he was born in Lumbini, in what is now Nepal, to royal parents of the Shakya clan, but renounced his home life to live as a wandering ascetic (Sanskrit: śramaṇa). After leading a life of begging, asceticism, and meditation, he attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in what is now India. The Buddha thereafter wandered through the lower Indo-Gangetic Plain, teaching and building a monastic order. He taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and severe asceticism, leading to Nirvana, that is, freedom from ignorance, craving, rebirth, and suffering. His teachings are summarized in the Noble Eightfold Path, a training of the mind that includes ethical training and meditative practices such as sense restraint, kindness toward others, mindfulness, and jhana/dhyana (meditation proper). He died in Kushinagar, attaining paranirvana. The Buddha has since been venerated by numerous religions and communities across Asia. A couple of centuries after his death, he came to be known by the title Buddha, which means "Awakened One" or "Enlightened One." His teachings were compiled by the Buddhist community in the Vinaya, his codes for monastic practice, and the Sutta Piṭaka, a compilation of teachings based on his discourses. These were passed down in Middle Indo-Aryan dialects through an oral tradition. Later generations composed additional texts, such as systematic treatises known as Abhidharma, biographies of the Buddha, collections of stories about his past lives known as Jataka tales, and additional discourses, i.e., the Mahayana sutras.


  1. buddha

    Buddha is a term used in Buddhism to refer to a person who has attained full enlightenment, heightened spiritual insight, awareness or perfect wisdom and has overcome desire, ignorance and suffering, thereby liberated from the cycle of birth and death (samsara). The term is most often associated with Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, also known as "The Buddha". However, in Buddhist philosophy, anyone can potentially achieve this state of enlightenment and thus becomes a Buddha. The word "Buddha" comes from a Sanskrit word which means "the awakened one" or "the enlightened one".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buddhanoun

    the title of an incarnation of self-abnegation, virtue, and wisdom, or a deified religious teacher of the Buddhists, esp. Gautama Siddartha or Sakya Sinha (or Muni), the founder of Buddhism

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Buddha

    bōōd′da, n. an epithet applied to Sakyamuni or Gautama, the founder of the Buddhist religion.—ns. Bud′dhism, the religion founded by Buddha; Bud′dhist, a believer in Buddhism.—adjs. Buddhist′ic, Bud′dhist, pertaining to Buddhism.—Esoteric Buddhism (see Theosophy). [Sans. buddha, wise, from budh, to know.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Buddha

    The black face

    Submitted by anonymous on August 1, 2020  

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  1. Buddha

    (Bud′dha). Primitively, a pagan deity, the Vishnu of the Hindoos.

Who Was Who?

  1. Buddha

    A prince of India who tired of good times and turned reformer. Advised his congregations to adopt the recall and referendum. Nailed several anti-saloon and burlesque planks in his platform. After B.'s death his friends filled the Orient with his bronzes. He was fat and wore a fascinating wart on his forehead.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Buddha in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Buddha in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Buddha in a Sentence

  1. Mickey Mehta:

    Neither Buddha built a Buddhist temple nor did Christ build a Catholic church, but these humans in their name have left the spirituality seekers in the lurch. No religious organizations have ever delivered God to humans, yes an idea of God may have been made available. The divinity has to be self realized, stop searching in temples, look within and get MickeyMized.

  2. Mary Shea:

    It's human nature. People are always looking for spiritual leaders. When you have traditional churches failing and people are looking for spiritual guidance, it is not surprising that people go to other arenas, he told them he is on the same level as Buddha and Jesus Christ.

  3. Tensho Goto:

    Artificial intelligence has developed to such an extent we thought it logical for the Buddha to transform into a robot, obviously a machine doesnt have a soul, but Buddhist faith isnt about believing in God. Its about following Buddhas path, so it doesnt matter whether it is represented by a machine, a scrap of iron or a tree.

  4. Robert M. Pursig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance":

    I think that their flight from and hatred of technology is self-defeating. The Buddha rests quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer of the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower. To think otherwise is to demean the Buddha--which is to demean oneself.

  5. The Dalai Lama:

    If Buddha happened, he certainly would protect those Muslim brothers and sisters.

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