Buddhism and dating
The means of escape remains unknown until, over the course of millions of lifetimes, a person perfects himself, ultimately gaining the power to discover the path out of samsara and then compassionately revealing that path to the world.
A person who has set out on the long journey to discover the path to freedom from suffering, and then to teach it to others, is called a bodhisattva.
The events of his life set forth in these texts cannot be regarded with confidence as historical, although his historical existence is accepted by scholars.
The birth of the Buddha is celebrated in April or May, depending upon the lunar date, in these countries.
According to some traditions he is the 7th buddha; according to another he is the 25th; according to yet another he is the 4th.
The next buddha, named Maitreya, will appear after Shakyamuni’s teachings and relics have disappeared from the world.
His followers, known as Buddhists, propagated the religion that is known today as Buddhism.
The title was used by a number of religious groups in ancient India and had a range of meanings, but it came to be associated most strongly with the tradition of Buddhism and to mean an enlightened being, one who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and achieved freedom from suffering.