Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest religions. It was founded in India between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE by Siddartha Gautama (more commonly known as Buddha).
Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. There are more than 300 million Buddhists worldwide, with the majority of followers living throughout Asia.
Unlike the monotheistic religions of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism that focus on one god, there is no god in Buddhism. The central figure, Buddha, is not an incarnation of a god, but rather a teacher for the religions followers.
Buddha taught people to follow eight principals known as the Eightfold Path. These eight principals include: to know the truth, resist evil, say nothing that might be hurtful, respect life, free the mind from evil, work in service towards neighbors, control evil thoughts, and practice meditation.