World Religions Report on Buddhism

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World Religions Report on Buddhism Religions of the World

Buddhism is a practical philosophy aimed at awakening people to the limitless potential and value of their own lives. Practicing Buddhism brings about a positive transformation in the depths of an individual's life, transforming fear into courage, deluded impulses into wisdom and egotism into compassion.
Buddhism begins with individuals deciding to take responsibility for their own lives, first reforming themselves and taking action to improve their immediate surroundings and relations, and then gradually extending their wisdom, courage and compassion into a wider sphere.
Buddhism originates in the teachings of Shakyamuni (Gautama Siddhartha), the historical
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There is a man I met there by the name of Greg and he is very artistic he drew with pencil the wheel of life and death and the members helped to paint it in color. He also drew symbols on the adjacent wall the one I recognized was the Om symbol the others were of animals and women meditating. Members strive in their everyday lives to develop the ability to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstances and to contribute to the well-being of friends, family and community. The promotion of peace, culture and education is central to the religion. "Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity" Albert Einstein.

With about 365 million followers -- 6% of the world's population -- Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world. It is exceeded in numbers only by Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Buddhism was founded in Northern India by the first known Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. In the sixth century BCE, he attained enlightenment and assumed the title Lord Buddha (one who has awakened)

Buddhism later died out in India, but had become established in Sri Lanka. From there, it
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