Buddhism is an Indian religious tradition based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha, a Buddha whom many regard as the Buddha of Meditation. It originated in early India sometime between the 6th to 4th century BCE, spreading to much of Asia. It’s main teachings are that Buddha is both spiritual and powerful being, that bodhisattvas are his/hers agents, that all people are bodhisattvas, that he/she is the Buddha nature, that true enlightenment arises through meditation, and that bodhisattvas are protected by the enlightened nature of others. While some of its practices differ from those of other religions, it shares many common aspects with all of them.
The religion has had a very large influence on the world. Countless people have followed Buddhist doctrine, becoming Buddhists, and contributing to the Buddhist path with their lives. There are millions of followers of buddhism worldwide. The country of Burma is a major center for this religion with over 80% of the population being of Buddhist lineage. Singapore, Thailand, and Laos are also mainly Buddhist countries.
Buddhism teaches that one should live an uncomplicated life, eschewing desires, anger, hatred, and violence. For those who follow the path, there is no rebirth, as one is enlightened at birth, so all suffering is meaningless and a thing of the past. Though these teachings are not always accepted by all, they have helped Buddhist societies grow into strong nations and flourishing economies. As a result, many people in the world today are following the Buddhist path and finding enlightenment in the process.