An old piece of folklore
I copied out of a Religious Studies
text years ago. (hopefully as a well-known piece of folklore, there should be no copywrong
Buddhism begins with a man. In his later years when India was afire with his message, people came asking him what he was.
Not "who are you," but "what are you."
"Are you a god," they asked.
"The what are you?"
Buddha aswered, "I am awake."
It is no coincidence, this story, and those who call Buddha "the awakened one
" or "the enlightened
." In Sanskrit
means awake or aware. To practice Buddhism
is to awake from the dream world
of this reality