Siddhartha Gautama (563 - 483 A.D.), the Buddha, was born in India in roughly 563 B.C. He was a philosopher that contemplated the meaning of life, the circle of life (live, grow sick, die.), and why we must go through suffering. One day, he sat beneath the Bodhi tree at the age of 35, meditated, and experienced supposed enlightenment. Henceforth, he was known as the supreme Buddha and passed down the knowledge of enlightenment known as the Four Noble Truths. Thus began Buddhism.