Buddhism And Its Impact On The World

882 Words Sep 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Buddhism is a well-known religion that has taken the world by storm. With 300,000,000 believers worldwide. According to the 2006 census 2.6% of Australians are Buddhist. It originated in an area of Nepal that was originally part of Northern India.
Although there are 300 million Buddhists worldwide, they all share the same core beliefs. Instead of an afterlife, Buddhists believe in Reincarnation, the cycle of birth, death, and being reborn again as either a plant, animal, or human. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Guatama. Siddhartha was born the son of a king, who ruled over the Shakya clan. In an attempt to make sure his son would be a great king, he shut his son away in a life of luxury. At the age of twenty nine Siddhartha visited a village and saw a sick man, a beggar, and a corpse. Siddhartha decided to leave his wealth and family behind him and find the cause of human suffering. Reincarnation is often described as a wheel which is endlessly turning in a cycle of birth, death and rebirth. It is kept turning by our actions and their consequences. This is called karma. If you did bad things, you had bad karma, and you would be reincarnated as a cockroach. If you had good karma you would be reincarnated as a human. This caused people to behave kindly, as they believed their future depended on what they did. Buddhists worship at home or at a temple. When worshiping at home, there is often statues of Buddha and candles. Due to the many sects of Buddhism, there is many…
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