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This write up on Buddhism facts contains information on some interesting facts on Buddhism religion facts.

Buddhism Facts

Buddhism is the fourth largest religion of the world. Founded by Gautam Buddha, it is a path of spiritual development that helps a person in finding the true nature of life. Buddhism emphasizes on experiencing, rather than teaching or learning. It considers meditation as the means to enlightenment and is based on a number of principles. The followers of Buddhism do not worship any God and follow the noble eightfold path to lead a meaningful existence.

In the following lines, we have provided some quick information on Buddhism in a brief form. Read on to know some facts about Buddhism ...

Meaning: System taught by the Buddha
Founded In: 6th Century BC
Place founded: North India
Founder: Siddhartha Gautama ("the Buddha"), an Indian prince
Followers: 376 million
Size: Fourth largest religion in the world
Main locations: China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia
Main Sects: Theravada and Mahayana
Sacred texts: Pali Canon (Tripitaka), numerous Mahayana sutras
Original language: Pali
Spiritual leader: Monk (lama in Tibetan Buddhism)
Place of ritual: Temple, meditation hall.
Theism: Varies - Theravada is atheistic; Mahayana is more polytheistic.
Ultimate reality: None, Nothing is permanent.
Holidays: Buddha's birthday, Buddha's enlightenment and lunar quarters

Three Jewels/Three Refuges:
  • The Buddha
  • The Sangha (monastic community)
  • The Dharma (truth or teachings)
Four Noble Truths:
  • All of life is marked by suffering
  • Suffering is caused by desire and attachment
  • Suffering can be eliminated
  • Suffering is eliminated by following the Noble Eightfold Path
Five Dhyani (Wisdom) Buddhas:
  • Vairochana
  • Akshobhya
  • Ratnasambhava
  • Amoghasiddhi
Noble Eightfold Path:
  • Right beliefs
  • Right aspirations
  • Right speech
  • Right conduct
  • Right livelihood
  • Right effort
  • Right mindfulness
  • Right meditational attainment


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