With 360 million followers, Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world
After Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism is the largely followed religion throughout the world. Its origin can be drawn from the North of India by Siddhartha Gautama who lived from approximately from 563 to 460 BCE. Seven countries that per-dominantly follow Buddhism are Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Many forms of Buddhism exist, and among the Zen Buddhism is the most popular in the United States.
The modern world has accepted three major branches of Buddhism namely; Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana. Buddhism emphasizes on the realization of the real meaning of life and attainment of ‘enlightenment’. This religion accepts the reality that life is full of sorrow and pain, but there is enlightenment that can be accomplished by following the right path. The universality and acceptance given by this religion has drawn the attention of 500 million followers in the present world.
Buddhism, the fourth largest community got its roots from Gautama Buddha (the enlightened one). Buddhism is an all-encompassing term with many branches of its own, but its followers irrespective of different philosophies, like to be called Buddhists. Buddhism originated in Northern India at the place named Bodh Gaya. In addition, Buddhism has taken on various forms in many Asian countries, most remarkably in Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. At present, Buddhism is often reformed and accepted by Westerners, yet at the expense of accuracy to the traditional forms of this religion.
Buddhism religion neither believes in God nor prayers for attainment of salvation. Buddhists believe in reincarnation, the cycle of rebirth to attain the eventual goal of nirvana. It is believed that if you do not let go desires and attachments in this materialistic world, the cycle of rebirth will keep on continuing. The moment one let goes all the worldly desires, and one attains spiritual enlightenment. Buddhism believes in Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path to have a peaceful life.
More than 6% of world populations follow the path of Buddhism. Kanishka’s services effort assisted Buddhism to spread across India. The religion spread quickly after the demise of Buddha and gained popularity in short time.