To be ‘an awakened one’ is to be a Buddha. ‘The Buddha’ generally refers to Gautama Buddha who lived approximately 2500 years ago. He is said to have become enlightened after meditating for 49 days beneath a fig tree. After which, he became a great teacher, founded a monastic order and spent his life sharing what he learned with his followers. The religion known as Buddhism is based on his teachings through oral traditions and then what was written down 400 years later. In Buddhism, there is no worship of a deity. At its most basic, Buddhist teachings are shaped around overcoming human suffering and gaining enlightenment through following the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.