Who was the Buddha?

A wealthy family’s son. A warrior. A future king. A husband. A father. A wanderer. A teacher. A buddha. A bodhisattva. Siddhartha Gautama’s story, across its many forms and translations, is remarkably consistent in the details. Like all stories of great teachers, some details have become mythologized as they cross cultures. Stories change to fit cultures, times, and populations as quickly as they arrive. But when trying to weave together the historical and mythological elements of Siddhartha Gautama (more familiarly known as the Buddha)’s story, we quickly learn that truth (that which is historically verifiable) and reality (living and lived traditions) are different; yet at the same time, completely inseparable.

Acts 1-6: The "Prince”

Even the oldest versions of the Buddha’s story begin w

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