Buddhism Research Paper

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Buddhism. In todays society the only thing most people know about Buddhism as a religion is the big and round Buddha who that is always showing his belly. They think Buddhism is all about just being relaxed and “chilling out.” Buddhism is something much more than just relaxing though, at its basis it is a religion that encompasses a variety of beliefs, traditions, and spiritual practices that are attributed to the Buddha. “Buddhism is a way to salvation which is open to all and depends for its attainment neither on fait nor on divine grace but only understanding ‘the way things really are’.” The Buddha is not a god or otherworldly in Buddhism. Since its beginning, Buddhism today has now been molded into 3 major denominations: Thereavada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Across these denominations and the various less known ones there are about 350 million Buddhist living in the world today, that accounts for about roughly 7% of the world population and also making it the 5th largest religion in the world. Buddhism began sometime around the late 6th century and the early 4th century BCE in northeastern India during a time of discontent in the region due to sacrifices and rituals taking place through the Hindu high caste. Buddhism came together through the work of many different religions and people who wanted to created a more spiritual and personal religious experience than the more widely accepted Hindu culture at the time. Due to this coming together of people there are

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