Just the facts on religion.

Fast Facts on Buddhism

Buddhist statistics, history, beliefs and practices at a glance.

Names

Buddhism; Buddhist; boeddhisme; budismo

Adherents

500 million

History

Based on teachings of Siddharta Gautama (the Buddha) in c. 520 BC, NE India.

Beliefs

Varies: Theravada atheistic; Mahayana more polytheistic. Buddha taught nothing is permanent.

Practices

Meditation, mantras, devotion to deities (in some sects), mandalas (Tibetan)

Main Holidays

Vary by region, but often include Buddha's birthday, Buddha's enlightenment, lunar quarters

Texts

Tripitaka (Pali Canon); Mahayana sutras like the Lotus Sutra; others.

Article Info

Title Fast Facts on Buddhism
URL www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/facts
Short URLrlft.co/3504
Published
UpdatedNovember 20, 2016
MLA Citation“Fast Facts on Buddhism.” ReligionFacts.com. 20 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 10 Dec. 2016. <www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/facts>

Share This Page