When people say “Buddha” or “the Buddha,” they usually mean Shakyamuni Buddha, Gautama Siddhartha, who lived during the 6th century B.C., and taught the spiritual path now called “Buddhism.”
You don’t have to become a Buddhist, however, to benefit from the essential teachings of the Buddha because they are universal in nature. Moreover, they remain highly relevant to successfully navigating modern life and finding the deeper sense of happiness and contentment you so deserve.
The Buddha didn’t fabricate Buddhism. Compelled by his wish to understand suffering, he simply observed the way the mind works and how the world functions. He then shared his observations with others who also sought freedom from constant frustration. The Buddha’s observations therefore are meant to apply to everyone and everything, not just Buddhists or Asian reality.