Buddhism - Buddhism Fourth most prominent religion The...

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Buddhism Fourth most prominent religion The problem with finding an exact number of Buddhist followers comes about for a couple of reasons o Buddhism doesn’t have event sort of things to count them o Only 5% Chinese adults were willing to admit to practicing a religion so its hard to count how many people are Buddhist when people aren’t allowed to say in some cultures o Some “Buddhists” are really syncretistic meaning they mix more than one religion Share common beliefs with Hinduism o Karma- sum total of individuals actions o Dharma o Reincarnation- rebirth of being into another body Buddhism developed side by side with Hinduism Dharma in Buddhism refer to the teachings of Buddha as well as a persons path to enlightenment and refers to the fundamental principles that organize the universe Buddha o Original name was Siddhartha Gautama o Buddha’s mother had a strange dream where baby elephant blesses her with his trunk while she was pregnant o When she was ready to deliver her child she began to journey to her fathers town as tradition has a woman do o According to story she went into labor during her journey and the baby was born relatively painless out of the side of her body and after the birth a gentle rain fell to cleanse them o Could speak, was awake, and could stand when he was born and said he came to free mankind from suffering o Flowers rose at his footsteps o Mother dies seven days after his birth, so he was raised by his mother o His dad, the king, consults a seer Seer says the child will either be a great king maybe even an emperor or a great sage that would save humanity

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