Does Siddharta Gautama happen to be the last person to reach Buddhahood?

  • I think that it depends on which sect/branch of buddhism one is looking at. I know that in Nochiren Buddhism, Nichiren Daishonin is often referred to as, "The Buddha of the Latter-Day of the Law." May 24, 2016 at 9:21

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Yes, if you think in terms of a fully enlightened Buddhas. Maytrea Buddha will be the next. However, there are also private Buddhas. Most of Buddhas are private Buddhas. They are enlightened, but they don't teach the Dhamma.

  • are you revering to paccekabuddha's?
    – DirkM
    Sep 2, 2014 at 10:15
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    pacceka buddhas = private buddhas
    – konrad01
    Sep 2, 2014 at 11:31

To add to @konrad01, private Buddhas don't occur when the dispensation of a Buddha is still there. Hence the last Buddha is Siddhartha Gautama.

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