Buddhism has characteristics of both religion and philosophy. If religion is defined as having belief in the existence of a central god to whom one prays for redemption and security, then Buddhism would not be considered... More »

Buddhism began in northern India during the 5th century B.C. The religion was founded by Siddhartha Gautama, who is now referred to as the Buddha. Buddhism has since spread to every corner of the globe, and the faith has... More »

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Buddhism began in the 7th century B.C., when Buddha Shakyamuni began teaching the path to enlightenment after he himself was enlightened under a Bodhi tree while living in the forest after renouncing his role as prince. ... More »

In the religion of Buddhism, there is only one prophet, who was named Siddhartha Gautama. He was later known as Buddha, the enlightened one, and is estimated to have lived between 600 and 400 BC. The religion he created ... More »

It is believed that the religion of Buddhism first originated in India in the first century B.C. Buddhism is traced to the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who was an enlightened teacher during this time. He is commonly ... More »

The Dalai Lama is widely considered to be the leader of Buddhism. However, some practitioners of the Buddhist faith choose their own spiritual guides and do not recognize him as their leader. More »

People who practice Buddhism are called Buddhists, and they are divided into two groups: ordained monks and lay-people. The ordained monks practice their religion with extreme dedication and teach others about Buddhism w... More »