"One thing I teach: suffering and the end of suffering.
Founded in India 2,500 years ago, Buddhism remains the dominant religion of the Far East and is increasingly popular in the West. Over its long history Buddhist has developed into a wide variety of forms, ranging from an emphasis on religious rituals and worship of deities to a complete rejection of both rituals and deities in favor of pure meditation. But all share in common a great respect for the teachings of the Buddha, "The Enlightened One." Learn more about Buddhism by selecting a topic below.
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Get to know Buddhism with our one-page introduction to its history, beliefs, practices and sects.
What are the basic beliefs of Buddhism? Is Buddhism really atheistic? What do Buddhists believe about the afterlife? Get your answers here.
Learn more about Buddhism with books in several categories hand-selected by ReligionFacts.
Profiles and images of spiritual beings in Buddhism, including buddhas such as the Laughing Buddha, bodhisattvas like Kuan Yin, wrathful deities and more.
Buddhism Fast Facts
A handy table of facts about Buddhism: adherents, locations, important dates, Four Noble Truths, etc.
Feature articles on Buddhism and contemporary life, provided by the University of Chicago's Department of Religion.
Know your dharma from your karma, your anicca from your dependent arising, and many other Buddhist terms and concepts.
Guide to the early history of Buddhism, from the life of the Buddha and formation of the Sangha to its interaction with the Hellenistic world.
Introductions to Buddhist rituals such as mantras and meditation.
Buddhist Sacred Texts
Learn about Buddhist sacred texts such as the Tripitaka, Mahayana Sutras, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Includes links to online English translations.
Buddhist Sects and Schools
Get to know the differences between the many different sects of Buddhism, from Engaged Buddhism to Zen. Includes a comparison chart.
An extensive and fully illustrated guide to Buddhist symbols such as the lotus, wheel, Buddha eyes, Zen circle, hand gestures, colors, and many more.
A convenient starting place to shop online for Buddha statues, Buddhist meditation cushions, Buddhist symbolic jewelry and more.
An illustrated guide to Buddhist ritual objects, from the begging bowl and Buddha images to mala beads and the prayer wheel. Includes links for buying your own.
A detailed chronology of important events in the history of Buddhism.
Religion Facts Downloadable Charts
The Big Religion Chart
13-Page Religious Comparison Chart
At 8.5 x 11 inches, this chart is formatted for safe keeping in binders and notebooks
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Quote from F.L. Woodward, Some Sayings of the Buddha, 283.