Saturday, January 1, 2011
The Many Faces of Buddhism
With an estimated 1 to 1.6 billion followers world-wide today, Buddhism is the second largest world religion–second only to Christianity. Though initially founded on the religious and philosophical teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, “the Buddha,” it now encompasses a wide variety of traditions, beliefs, and ritual practices adaptive to many cultural settings around the world. Although there is no documented verification of the origin of Buddhism, it is believed to have arisen in the sixth century BCE. Read more . . .