(circa 500 BC) The man known as "The Buddha" established one of the world's most loved and influential traditions of psychology and philosophy. Although the phrase "The Buddha" is commonly used to refer to the Buddha Shakyamuni (the “founder” of Buddhism), the term "Buddha" is actually a title that means "awakened." Shakyamuni means "sage of the Shakya [clan]." Gautama means "the best cow" or one with a peaceful nature.
He stated that he did not invent a religion or philosophy, but only discovered what was lost:
"I have seen an ancient Path, an ancient road traversed by the rightly enlightened ones of former times." - Buddhism. Samyutta Nikaya ii.106
Although widely credited with establishing a tradition of monks and nuns, few know that stage was only for the beginners to prepare for their more difficult work of sexual cooperation.
"Every religion at its birth and its glorious splendor preaches the path of the perfect matrimony. Buddha was married and established the perfect matrimony. Unfortunately, after five hundred years, the prophecy made by the Lord Buddha that his Dharma would be exhausted and the Sangha would divide into dissident sects was precisely fulfilled. That was when Buddhist monasticism and hatred of the perfect matrimony was born." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
"Unquestionably, the two greatest leaders of all time are the Buddha Gautama Sakyamuni and Jesus Christ." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Path
"When we are in the physical world, we must learn to be awake from moment to moment. We then live awakened and self-conscious from moment to moment in the internal worlds, both during the hours of the sleep of the physical body and also after death."