Buddhism in the News


afterlife Reincarnation (understood differently than in Hinduism, with no surviving soul) until gain enlightenment
human life Purpose is to avoid suffering and gain enlightenment and release from cycle of rebirth, or at least attain a better rebirth by gaining merit.
origins Based on teachings of Siddharta Gautama (the Buddha) in c. 520 BC, NE India.
practices Meditation, mantras, devotion to deities (in some sects), mandalas (Tibetan)
texts Tripitaka (Pali Canon); Mahayana sutras like the Lotus Sutra; others.
adherents 360 million
god(s) Varies: Theravada atheistic; Mahayana more polytheistic. Buddha taught nothing is permanent.