Facts on Buddhism religion

Amida NyoraiIf you are here, chances are you would like to know about
Buddhsim and facts. Many people in the west know very little about
Buddhism. Even Japanese people who are born Buddhists often know very
little. They often don’t even know which school of Buddhism their
family adheres to. I often end up teaching Japanese people about their
own religion and traditions.

Here are 10 facts about Buddhism:

1-Buddhism was founded between the 6th and the 4th century BCE
in a region encompassing Nepal and the North of India. It is one of the largest Asian religions territory wise.

2-The founder was Siddhartha Gautama commonly referred to as
the Buddha. He is said to have died around 460 BCE.

3-The name Buddha comes from the Sanskrit word Bodhi
( बोधि) meaning awaken. Hence the Buddha is called the awakened one.

4-Theravedic
Buddhism is a religion without a god. Buddha is not a god.
This doesn’t mean that they don’t believe that there is one. They
just leave it out of the tenets. In Mahayana
Buddhism, as practiced in Japan, Buddha, especially Amida
Nyorai, are imbuded with special powers, and are revered as
gods but none of these gods is considered the creator of the world or
of the human race. Read here to for discussion on whether
Buddhism is a religion or a philosophy

The Buddha also teaches that to achieve salvation one did not
have to accept the authority of the scriptures or the existence of God. This makes Buddhism independant from a dogma.

5-Buddhism stemmed from Hinduism
and many Hindu gods were adopted. Giving them a status as guardians of
the Dharma. They are merely angels (called tenbu in Japanese) who may be willing to help good
Buddhists but are in no way wise guides to the Way, since they need
instruction themselves.

A good comparison would be the saints and angels in
Christianity. Each of them have a realm of power. For example, the all
powerful Shiva, the Destroyer, is Makeishura in Japan, The lord of
Cosmic Destruction or Indra, the Hindu god of war, storms and thunder
is Taishakuten in Tibet, China and Japan. He defends both deities and
humans against all that is evil.

5-The Japanese
Buddhist pantheon has more than 3, 000 entities. Some are

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What kind of religion is Buddhism?

Buddhism is alternately viewed as a religion and as a philosophy. It has many of the elements of a religion (soul, afterlife) but not others (god(s))

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What type of religion is Buddhism?

Buddhism is alternately viewed as a religion and as a philosophy. It has many of the elements of a religion (soul, afterlife) but not others (god(s))

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What facts should I know about Buddhism before following the religion?

I don't believe in God, but I'm very open-minded to religions. I'm a big lover of nature, and meditation is one of my biggest hobbies.
I'd love to know more about the Buddhist religion because I like what I hear about it.
I wanna know what rules to follow and what they believe in. Thank you :)

Well,Buddha did deny the existence of "creator God" but he did NOT reject the concept of Hindu Brahman,which is beyond "God".
You can read early Buddhist Suttas like Tevijja Sutta regarding concept of Brahman in Buddhism.
If you wan't a completely atheistic religion,why not try Jainism?Jains deny existence of creator God and believes the universe is eternal.(no judgement day etc) and they spent their time meditating and believing in Ahimsa(non-violence).

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