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Running head: BUDDHISM 1 Buddhism REL 133 July 15 th , 2017 University of Phoenix
BUDDHISM 2 Buddhism Buddhism dates back over 2,500 years ago in India. Buddhism is one of the world’s eldest and most prominent religions. Buddhism stemmed from one man that chose the more difficult path to achieve enlightenment. He sacrificed a lavish life and a family to devote his life to answering the questions with no answers. The religion is predominantly practiced in in the Eastern parts of the world. Since its creation Buddhism has spread through the majority of Asia, influencing the many cultures there, and is now gaining followers in the west. Buddhist ideals have become more known in western culture, especially in the areas searching for peace and mindfulness. The purpose of this paper will be summarize the history of Buddhism, discuss the basic teachings, and consider Mahayana Buddhism and what makes it unique. Definition of Buddhism First and foremost, to understand Buddhism in its simplest form it will be essential to understand its history. There are greater than 360 million followers of Buddhism with more than one million Americans that practice the religion. Mahayana Buddhism, noticeable in China and Japan, consolidates a few theories that are also known as divinities. A few divinities included are: conventional religious components and divine creatures. There are three schools of Buddhism; Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana. The Theravada Buddhists is considered the way of the

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