Buddhism started with Buddha. ‘Buddha’ is a title, which simply means ‘one who is awake’ meaning having ‘woken up to reality’. The Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Nepal around 2,500 years ago. He did not claim to be a god or a prophet. He was a human being who became Enlightened meaning he became free from greed, hatred and ignorance, and acted with wisdom, compassion and freedom.