I get asked from time to time why the Buddha? First, I am not a Buddhist (even though my grandmother was one, a devoted Buddhist all her life). Second, it is not meant t be a religious reference to begin with. The term Buddha used here has more to do with the spiritual dimension of life than any particular religion.
My apology if anyone, following that keyword, got here by mistake.
Borrowing from the book, The Power of Full Engagement, by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr, the term “spiritual” is used not in the religious sense, but rather in more simple and elemental terms: the connection to a deeply held set of values and to a purpose beyond our self-interest.
In that context, everyone of us has a spiritual life to some degree. The values we believe so strongly that lead us to a purpose and actions beyond just our own welfare. Call it religion, philanthropy, or anything else that fits the bill. It is the moment when I confront myself on purpose, actions, and consequences. Usually happens when I am on a long run.