9 Interesting Facts About Buddhism

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Buddhism began in northeastern India and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The religion is 2,500 years old. Here are some interesting facts about this religion.


1
Buddhists go to temple, not at a special time or day, but when they can.

2
Buddha is known as a teacher not a god.

3
Flowers and food are placed on the front of the Buddhist Statue. The flowers are to remind the person that they will not live forever.

4
Unlike most religions or spiritual beliefs, Buddha’s teachings were spread by nonviolent methods such as word of mouth or carvings on prominent stone buildings.

5
Buddha was not as chubby as many depictions of him would make it appear.

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There are approximately 360 million Buddhists, possibly more, making Buddhism the fourth largest religion in the world.

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Do Buddhists believe in God? Some do and some don't. Most don't believe that God interferes in any way with your life.

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When Buddha ventured outside the palace walls he saw four sights: an old man, a sick man, a poor man, and a corpse. They disturbed Buddha and he left home to seek enlightenment through a spiritual quest.

9
There are 29 Buddhas. 28 have lived. 29th is yet to come. The most popular one that most people know is Gautama Buddha who was the 28th Buddha.