Buddhism is a religion that began in India over 2,500 years ago. It has gained worldwide recognition with many people practicing it.
Buddhism involves a wide variety of practices, traditions, and beliefs that people follow in accordance to Buddha (Chodron 14). Most people however, believe that it is not merely a religion but a way of life for the people that involves following Buddha’s philosophy.
The Buddha, as the people believe, was an enlightened teacher who helped people with his deep insight on different issues with regard to human suffering. The name Buddha means ‘the awakened one’ due to his ability to give meaning to human life. His real name is Siddhartha Gautama as commonly known in Buddhist tradition. He was born in a royal family in Nepal, India where he grew up (Cohen 25). When he grew older, he realized that not all the wealth that his family possessed could guarantee him happiness. This lead to his research where he studied and explored the different religions and related their teachings. After six years of studies, he found a neutral teaching that did not have any biasness. This is the enlightenment that he was searching for all this time and from that day onwards, he began teaching the principles of Buddhism that he had just learned. He continued his mission for the rest of his life until he passed on at the age of 80. Buddha, as he was commonly referred to, did not claim to be god, but rather used his experience to teach people on a life that they could be enlightened from the experience he had over the years after his discovery of Buddhism (Conze 47).