[[Image:Sakyamuni Buddha.jpg|thumb|A statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha in [[Tawang]] [[Gompa]].]]
राग, द्वेष र मोहलाई सदाको लागि नष्ट् गरी दु:खबाट पूर्ण् रूपले मुक्त महामानवलाई बुद्ध भनिन्छ.
In [[Buddhism]], a '''Buddha''' ([[Sanskrit]], [[Pāli]]) is any being who has become fully awakened (enlightened), has permanently overcome [[greed]], [[hate]], र [[ignorance]], र has achieved complete liberation from [[suffering]]. Enlightenment (or Nirvana (Pali: Nibbana) is the highest form of happiness. It only applies to the first one who has achieved this without prior knowledge of Buddhism. When all knowledge of Buddhism is lost र one becomes enlightened then we have a true Buddha. The name Buddha today is commonly used to refer to [[Gautama Buddha|Siddhartha Gautama]] (Pali: Siddhattha Gotama), the historical founder of [[Buddhism]]. ''Buddha'' literally means "awakened" or "that which has become aware". It is the [[past participle]] of the [[Sanskrit]] root ''budh'', i.e. "to awaken", "to know", or "to become aware". The word ''Buddha'' is simply a title that means 'The Awakened One'.
The teachings of the Buddha are called the Dharma (Pali: Dhamma). The Dharma teaches that all suffering arises from attachments, particularly attachments to worldly desires. Nirvana is achieved by learning to achieve peace र ignore these attachments one would have with certain objects.
A typical misconception tends to link Buddha as the Buddhist counterpart of the entity known as [[God]]; however, Buddhism is non-theistic, in the sense of not generally teaching the existence of a supreme Creator God (see [[God in Buddhism]]) or depending on any supreme being for enlightenment, in Buddhism, Buddha is a guide र teacher who points the way. The commonly accepted definition of the term "God" refers to a being who not only rules but actually created the Universe in the [[Origin belief|Beginning]]. Such ideas र concepts are disputed by Buddha र Buddhists in many of उनका discourses. The supreme origin र creator of our world र universe isn't God in Buddhism, but [[Avidya]] or ignorance. Buddhists try to dispel this darkness through constant practice, wisdom र compassion known as [[prajna]].
In the [[Pali Canon]] Buddha refers to anyone who has become Enlightened (i.e. having awakened to the truth, or ''[[Dharma]]'') on their own, without a teacher to point out the [[Dhamma|Dharma]], in a time when the teachings on the [[Four Noble Truths]] or the [[Eightfold Path]] do not exist in the world.
Generally, Buddhists do not consider [[Siddhartha Gautama]] to have been the only Buddha. In the [[Pali Canon]] there is a mention of Gautama Buddha as being the 28th Buddha (see [[List of the 28 Buddhas]]). A common Buddhist belief is that the next Buddha will be one named [[Maitreya]] (Pali: Metteyya).
Buddhism teaches that anyone can become awakened र experience [[Nirvana]]. [[Theravada]] Buddhism teaches that one doesn't need to become a Buddha to become awakened र experience Nirvana, since an [[Arahant]] (Sanskrit: Arhat) also has those qualities. Some Buddhist texts such as the [[Lotus Sutra]] imply that all beings will become Buddhas at some point in time.
== Types of Buddhas ==