Buddhism

What is it?

Background info

Buddhism is not just a religion, but a way of life. Buddhism is unique because the people don't have a god, they don't go to prey, but to pay respect to the Buddha, bowing is usually what they do.

How popular is buddhism?

Buddhism consists of about 376 Million people. Buddhism is mainly located in China, but there are many people in other parts of the world that believe in it.

Country Number of Buddhists:

China 102,000,000

Japan 89,650,000

Thailand 55,480,000

Vietnam 49,690,000

Myanmar 41,610,000

Sri Lanka 12,540,000

South Korea 10,920,000

Taiwan 9,150,000

Cambodia 9,130,000

India 7,000,000

Source: Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997), pg. 160-161.

Who was the Buddha?

The Buddha was a man called Siddhartha Gautama. he was born as a prince in 563 BC. when he was 29, he thought that his wealth did not make him happy. He went looking around at different religions and teachings. After 6 years of looking and meditating, he found a thing he called 'the middle path', He was enlightened. for the rest of Siddhartha's life he taught the ways of Buddhism. Buddhism was called the Truth, or the Dhamma, Sadly Siddhartha died when he was 80

What does Buddhism teach?

Buddhism is a religion that mainly shows happiness, Buddhism teaches the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold path.