Articles about Buddhism

Why do Buddhists venerate the Buddha?

Published on November 24, 2012

The Buddha is not venerated because devotees see him as a God and worship him, but rather because he's the ultimate teacher, the embodiment of enlightenment. The Sanskrit word Buddha means ‟the awakened one,” he who has realized the truth. In Tibetan, the word by which it's translated, Sang-gyé, has two syllables, sang meaning that he has ‟dissipated” everything negative that obscures wisdom and ‟awoken” from the dark night of ignorance, and gyé that he has ‟developed” everything positive, all the spiritual and human qualities that there are, which can be condensed into wisdom and compassion.