An Introduction To Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion. Currently in 2014 there are more than 300 million people who study Buddhism spread across the world. The religion name was derived and means to be awakened. Buddhism has been practiced for more than 2,500 years. This happened when Siddhartha Gotama, also known as Buddha, awakened when he was just 35 years old.

Although a religion for most Buddhist it is far more than simply a religion. It is a way of life. Siddhartha Gotama was born into royalty in 563 BC. He decided that his money did not bring happiness to him, nor would it to anyone else. At the age of 29 he began teaching different religion views that tradition. They reflected on the happiness of the human being. He spent six years studying the religion and teaching people his views and beliefs, and after enlistment began teaching Buddhism. He spent the remainder of his life teaching people about his beliefs and how they could live their lives happy and free of stress and worry. The Buddha passed away at the age of 80. He lived his entire life devoted to these teachings until this age and his death.

What is Buddhism?

Buddhism practices following three basic practices:

  • To develop a strong sense of wisdom and gain understanding
  • Living a sound and moral life
  • To be aware and in control of all of your thoughts

Living Happy Lives

Those who study Buddhism are able to lead lives that are fulfilled and happy. This is the key to life. This is one of the reasons that more people are practicing Buddhism. But there are other reasons as well. It answers problems that we face in the world and helps those who are studying gain a better, deeper understanding of their mind. Worshiping of Buddha is also common.


There are many people who practice Buddhism around the world. These people study this region, or philosophy of life, for a number of different reasons. Those who do choose to study the religion are usually leading healthy, happy and productive lives since this is the focus of the religion’s being on another life. Buddhism has a long history in the world as well as many people who practice it on a daily basis. There is a reason for this popularity, and there is no question the number of people practicing will only continue to rise in the years ahead.