Over twenty-five hundred years ago a thoughtful, gentle prince became absorbed in the question of how to end suffering for all beings. He relinquished his life as a future great king to become a wandering seeker of the Way. After six years of searching, he sat down on a cushion of grass and vowed not to rise until he found the answer. Searching deep within himself, he realized the Way to liberation. This ordinary man had become “Buddha,” an awakened one.