The Major 5 World Religions Essay

1029 Words Nov 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Religion is part of the human makeup. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy. One of the Major 5 World Religions is Buddhism; Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi ', 'to awaken '. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. (Buddhanet.net) Siddhartha Gotama was born into a royal family in Lumbini, now located in Nepal, in 563 BC. At 29, he has an epiphany and realized that despite his wealth he hadn’t achieved true happiness. So he explored several religions and after six years of study and meditation he finally found 'the middle path ' and was enlightened. After enlightenment, the Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching the principles of Buddhism called the Dharma, until his death at the age of 80. Unlike other religions to be obeyed and followed, Buddhism is more of a philosophy or way of life. It is a philosophy because philosophy 'means love of wisdom ' and the Buddhism path can be described through few principles.

Similar to Christianity, Buddhism has a doctrinal and philosophical dimension. But Buddhists don’t have a specific bible; unlike other religions which…

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