What is Buddhism?

What is Buddhism? To put it simply, Buddhism is a way of life. It is a philosophical and religious movement started by Gautama Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama). Gautama Buddha was born in 563 BC in southern Nepal, near the border with India. He was the first to reach the path of enlightenment and is his read, Dharma – the teachings of the enlightened one, to teach by traveling through Northern India. He did this until his death.

The teachings, Buddhism

Meanwhile, his teachings, today's Buddhism, have spread to other parts of Asia and now also have the West reaches. Buddhism has played a central role in the spiritual, cultural and social development of the Eastern world. Buddhism plays a major role, especially in countries such as India, Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, Laos, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Bangladesh and Tibet. But we are also seeing it more and more in our Western society, as there is a great interest in Buddhism.

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Buddhism in the Western World

The interest in Buddhism is not surprising, because it has a peaceful influence on society. In Buddhist cultures, the pursuit of kindness, compassion, harmony, calmness and acceptance are the virtues that are striven for. This also includes virtues such as joy and exuberance.

Buddhism now has about 433 million adherents worldwide and from what it looks like, this is an ever-growing group.

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