The Buddha was born as a prince in Lumbini, Nepal. He lived c.623-543 B.C. After becoming enlightened at age 35, he advocated peace. His teachings are collected in numerous volumes and are called Buddhism. The highest goal of Buddhism is Nibbana (absolutely blissful peace), which can be achieved by following the Buddha’s noble eightfold path or middle way. Since the time of the Buddha, Buddhism has been one of the great religions and philosophical systems of the world. It is pleasant to reflect that in over 2500 years of history, there has never been a single drop of blood shed in the name of the Buddha or his teachings.