The buddha was born siddhartha gautama, a prince of the sakya tribe of nepal, in approximately 566 bc when he was twentynine years old, he left the comforts of his home to seek the meaning of the suffering he saw around him. Buddhism, religion and philosophy that developed from the teachings of the buddha (sanskrit: “awakened one”), a teacher who lived in northern india between the mid-6th and mid-4th centuries bce (before the common era.
Buddhism began in india 2,500 years ago and remains the dominant world religion in the east there are over 360 million followers of buddhism worldwide and over a million american buddhists today. Buddhism was first identified to be a barbarian variant of taoism, and taoist terminology was used to express buddhist doctrines in the oldest translations of buddhist texts, a practice termed matching the concepts.
Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of siddhartha gautama, who was born in the fifth century bc in what is now nepal and northern india he came to be called the buddha, which means awakened one, after he experienced a profound realization of the nature of life, death, and existence. Buddhism is a religion that was founded by siddhartha gautama (“the buddha”) more than 2,500 years ago in india with about 470 million followers, scholars consider buddhism one of the major world religions the religion has historically been most prominent in east and southeast asia, but its influence is growing in the west. Hinduism is about understanding brahma, existence, from within the atman, which roughly means self or soul, whereas buddhism is about finding the anatman — not soul or not self in hinduism, attaining the highest life is a process of removing the bodily distractions from life, allowing one to eventually understand the brahma nature within.
Chan buddhism enjoyed something of a revival in the ming dynasty, with teachers such as hanshan deqing (憨山德清), who wrote and taught extensively on both chan and pure land buddhism miyun yuanwu (密雲圓悟), who came to be seen posthumously as the first patriarch of the ōbaku school of zen and as yunqi zhuhong (雲棲祩宏) and ouyi zhixu (蕅益智旭.
Buddhism then spread throughout asia to become one of the dominant religions of the continent estimates of the number of buddhists in the world today vary widely, in part because many asians observe more than one religion and in part because it is hard to know how many people are practicing buddhism in communist nations like china.
Buddhism is a major global religion with a complex history and system of beliefs the following is intended only to introduce buddhism's history and fundamental tenets, and by no means covers the. Buddhism centers on correct understanding of human nature and ultimate reality the buddha was, after all, called the enlightened one he taught that the way to eliminate suffering began with understanding the true nature of the world.