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Shakyamuni Buddha (Shi-jia Fo) is the Buddha of our time. He was born on a full-moon day in May of 623 BCE, into the Shakya clan in Lumbini in what is now Nepal. His parents were King Suddhodana and Queen Maya. He is the historical founder of what came to be known as Buddhism. King Suddhodana invited a Brahmin who was conversant with the three Vedas to name the child. He named the child Siddhartha (meaning “one whose aim is accomplished”). Siddhartha Gautama was the worldly name of the Buddha. Gautama was his family name. Shakyamuni, his name after he became a buddha, means "Sage of the Shakyas."