Buddhism can be a complicated religion to explain in terms of history for a few reasons.it’s incredibly old, originating somewhere in the range of 500 years BCE, or Before Common Era.
Even before this though, Buddhism has roots in a variety of belief sets that parallel. There was a bit of division, as a man named Siddhartha Gautama began to teach a shift
He was a bit sheltered, and as he discovered more about the world, he began to teach the lessons he’s learned. He was a prince who left his palace at Lumbini which lies in Present Day Nepal in order to find spirituality.
There were people typically called Sramanas, who were religious leaders, though these Sramanas would focus on very different things, such as some focusing on non-violence or some focusing on vegetarianism.
Siddhartha Gautama was one of these Sramanas, but didn’t teach the sort of extreme discipline those others might have been teaching, he instead taught a middle way, eventually becoming fully formed as what is now known as the Eightfold Path, eight practices that he taught would lead to liberation, or as he called it, nirvana.
His life is full of interesting facts which can help people to grow and might relieve them from pain. What I believe is learning and analyzing the life of buddha could bring spirituality and peace in mind. Here is an interesting article on facts about Gautama Budhha and his life that may open your eyes.
Buddha’s life is like the famous painting Monalisa, The way you analyze it the way you get its sense. I would prefer to call it a mirror which can reflect life so that you can precisely analyze it and improve it.
Most people after reading buddhas quote like “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” often say they didn’t sound like things that the Buddha would say. Especially about angels and demons, heaven and hell which are all Christian concepts which the Buddha would not know or care about. Buddha is now going the way of Einstein where endless things he did not and would not ever say are being attributed to him.
But, in reality, the quotes are translated from the original language to English by people of the 20th century. Also, the concept of heaven and demons all are present in Hinduism and everything people of this century has accomplished seems to be already mentioned in the Holly books of Hindus like Geeta. The quotes are translated from I think maybe Sanskrit to English so there is no way that every world that exists in Sanskrit could be translated in English with its complete meaning.