Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (Siddhattha Gotama) was a spiritual teacher from the Indian subcontinent, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. The word Buddha is a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddharth Gautam is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (P. sammÃ�ï¿½sambuddha, S. samyaksaÃ¡Â¹ï¿½buddha) of our age, "Buddha" meaning "awakened one" or "the enlightened one." Siddhartha Gautama may also be referred to as Gautama Buddha or as Sakyamuni ("Sage of the Sakyas"). The Buddha found a Middle Way that ameliorated the extreme asceticism found in the Sramana religions.