"Every human being is the author of his own health or disease." ~Buddha
Born in 563 B.C. in Kapilvastu, Nepal, Siddhartha Gautama is best known as the founder of Buddhism. Gautama was also the son of a Nepalese rajah. According to tradition, Guatama left a life of luxury at age 30 and devoted himself to years of contemplation and self-denial, finally reaching enlightenment while sitting beneath a tree. Henceforth known as Buddha ("the awakened"), he spent his life teaching disciples about his beliefs (embodied in the Four Noble Truths) and the goal of achieving the enlightened state of Nirvana. Buddha Died in 483 B.C. (possibly from food poisoning).