Gautama was not a god, a prophet or any kind of supernatural being. He was one who was born, lived and died a human being. But a remarkable human being, who discovered a way of achieving true wisdom, compassion and freedom from suffering. Rather he rediscovered a very old way that had always existed.

The Buddha pointed to a great Law or Dharma running through everything that exists. It is by living in accordance with this Law that true Wisdom and compassion and hence freedom from suffering may be achieved. Suffering may only be overcome, however, by being met and endured. In the Buddha's words: "Suffering I teach and the way out of suffering."

The Buddha
Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Sketch of the Buddha's Life
Readings from the Pali Canon

The Buddha
Dr. Sunthorn Plamintr

An Illustrated Life of the Buddha

Life of the Buddha in Pictures

The Life of Gotama Buddha Lavishly illustrated

A Brief History: Life of the Buddha
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

See Ashoka's online course, The Buddha's Teaching As It Is, to learn about the Buddh'as life and his teachings.