Buddhism originated in Northern India, around the 5th century. Buddhism traces its origin to Siddhartha who is known as the Buddha meaning the Enlightened One. Siddhartha observed the suffering in the world and set out to find a solution. 2. How did the religion/philosophy spread?
Buddhism was spread through Missionaries, the Indian emperor Asoka greatly strengthened Buddhism by his support and sent Buddhist missionaries to Syria. Buddhism was spread to Southeast Asia and in the east and also to the Mediterrean in the west.
3. How many followers are there worldwide?
There are roughly 350,000,000 supporters of Buddhism, which is about 6 percent of the world’s population
4. Is this religion monotheistic or polytheistic? What are the deities called? …show more content…
What is the name of the Holy book?
The sacred text or Holy book of Buddhism are the Mahayana, and the Vajrayana. Emphasized in Mahayana Buddhism, all beings have Buddha Nature. One can become a Buddha, an enlightened being if one practices diligently and attains purity of mind.
7. Where is the Religion/ Philosophy most influential today?
Today, Buddhism is found mostly in Asia, like Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Japan, and China and in some parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Mostly in European countries and the USA. The Buddhist population of the world is over 500 million.
8. How is the religious leadership organized?
The religious leadership is organized by the Buddha 's teachings are explained in the Four Noble Truths, which form the basis of the what he delivered after attaining enlightenment, and the Eightfold Path, which provides a basic guide for living and how to live in the world. to get to Nirvana, one has to follow the eight-fold path which are to believe right, desire right, think right, live right, do the right efforts, think the right thoughts, behave right and to do the right meditation.
9. What are the basic beliefs of the