What is the buddha? What are the ways people have conceived of the Buddha? Was he just a person? Teacher? Doctor? Historical figure? A transcendental super-human soteriological reality? All of these and more?! These are but some of the questions we raise in our discussion of the Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama, the eternal Sakyamuni Buddha, Buddha-bodies (that’s the nirmanakÄya, sambhogakÄya, and DharmakÄya), and even Jesus Christ come up in this episode of the DharmaRealm. And don’t forget to listen to the next episode where this conversation turns toward Shin Buddhist conceptions of the Buddha.