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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: Lumbini, Nepal
  • Founder: Siddhartha Gautama ("the Buddha")
  • Followers: 376 million
  • Size: Fourth largest religion in the world
  • Main locations: Nepal, India, 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
  • Amitabha

Noble Eightfold Path:

  • Right beliefs
  • Right aspirations
  • Right speech
  • Right conduct
  • Right livelihood
  • Right effort
  • Right mindfulness
  • Right meditational attainment
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