Who, When, Where, and What exactly is Buddhism?
Buddha was an Indian prince named Siddharta Guatama who lived around 500 BCE. He had been sheltered and protected for his life, and later in his life he went outside on a journey and witnessed the suffering and sick reality our world was in.
Then he vowed to understand the true forms and meaning of life, and how to achieve pure happiness, enlightenment, and peace.
For the next 45 years of his life he taught how to reach the path of liberation from suffering.
After this long period of history between when Buddhism was founded and now, the religion has changed, and added, and lost some concepts, but overall shares respect for Buddha and strives to reach the end of suffering and believe the cycle of rebirth.
Buddhists believe that what you do in this life effects how you will be treated in your next life.
Today there are about 360 million followers of Buddhism, which is about 6% of our population. With the high stress, anxiety and problems we have in our would today, many people are turning to the peaceful ways of Buddhism.