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Information About the religion Buddhism

Quotation by Siddhãrtha Gautama (Buddha):

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

Background:

Buddhism currently has about 376 million followers and is generally listed as the world's fourth largest religion after Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. It was founded in Northern India by Siddhartha Gautama (circa 563 to 460 BCE) and has spread into much of the far East. It is making major inroads into North America

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For an introduction to Buddhism, we recommend the following books. All have been rated at four or more stars out of five stars by Amazon.com visitors:

Other Faiths. Meeting people from different Religions and Beliefs including Hinduism, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism ... and Diversity - The Diversiton Series)
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Study: Science and Religion Really Are Enemies After All  — BillMoyers.com
They are Atheists, though not “Materialists”. In fact many people question if Buddhism is a religion at all. (It is.

New Support Group Offers Buddhist-Based Addiction Recovery  — The Daily Planet
Buddhism is a religion born in ancient India in which meditation is a central tenet.

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