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Founded: 400 BCE to 500 BCE


Origin: Ancient India and Nepal


Founder: Siddhārtha Gautama (the Buddha or Enlightened One)


Sacred Texts: Tipitaka (or Pali Canon), Sutras, Tibetan Book of the Dead, and many others


Followers: Buddhists


Current Population: 520 million


Introduction to Buddhism

The Buddha

Books in the Library

Core Beliefs

Noble Eightfold Path

  1. Right View
  2. Right Intention
  3. Right Speech 
  4. Right Action
  5. Right Livelihood
  6. Right Effort
  7. Right Mindfulness
  8. Right Concentration


Five Precepts

  1. Do not kill
  2. Do not steal
  3. Do not engage in bodily misconduct
  4. Do not lie
  5. Do not take intoxicants