Where Is The Point Of Origin? Essay

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1. Where is the point of origin?

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?

As a religion, Buddhism is neither monotheistic nor polytheistic. There is no personal god or monotheistic creator in Buddhism. There is no almighty God in Buddhism. There is no one to hand out rewards or punishments on a supposedly Judgement Day.

5. Who founded the religion? When?

Buddhism was founded in the late 5th or 6th century by Siddhartha Gautama also known as the Buddha, Buddhism is an important religion in most of the countries of Asia.

6. 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…

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