siddharta gautama founded in india 2,500 years ago

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The Tripitaka (Tipitaka in Pali) is the earliest collection of Buddhist teachings and the only text recognized as canonical by Theravada Buddhists. Mahayana Buddhism reveres the Tripitaka as a sacred text, but adds to it the Sutras, which reflect distinctively Mahayana concepts and are used more often by Mahayana Buddhists. In addition, the Tibetan Book of the Dead is the Tibetan text that is most well known to the West. Written by a Tibetan monk, the Book of the Dead describes in detail the stages of death from the Tibetan point of view.

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What are the basic beliefs of Buddhism? As a starting place, it is helpful to overview the statement communicated by The World Buddhist Sangha Council when it unanimously approved the "Basic Points Unifying the Theravada and Mahayana."

Is Buddhism really atheistic? This is an important question many people have asked. A doctrine agreed upon in present-day Buddhism is that "this world is not created and ruled by a God." The Buddha himself rejected metaphysical speculation as a matter of principle, and his teachings focused entirely on the practical ways to end suffering. On the other hand, the Buddha did not explicitly rule out the existence of a God or gods, and very shortly after his death a devotional element formed within Buddhism.

What do Buddhists believe about the afterlife? Like other major world religions, Buddhism has convictions about what happens after a person dies physically. According to the Buddhist faith, after death one is either reborn into another body (reincarnated) or enters nirvana. Only Buddhas - those who have attained enlightenment - will achieve the latter destination.

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ultimate reality

none (nothing is permanent

major holidays

vary by religion, but often