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The religion of Buddhism, based on
the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama:

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An interesting 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."

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Background:

During 2021-JUL, Wikipedia listed Buddhism as the fourth largest religion in the world, after Christianity (31%), Islam (24%), and Hinduism (15%). It was had slightly more than a half billion adherents -- 6.9% of the world's population. See: https://en.wikipedia.org

Buddhism was founded in Northern India by Siddhartha Gautama (circa 563 to 460 BCE) and spread throughout much of the far East:

Cambodia is 97% Buddhist; Thailand: 93%; Myanmar: 80%; Bhutan: 75%; Sri Lanka 69%; Laos: 66%; Mongolia: 55%; Japan: 36%; Taiwan: 35%; Singapore: 33%; South Korea: 23%, Malaysia: 19.8%. The remaining countries have fewer than 20% Buddhists. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_irreligion

Buddhists form only about 1% of the U.S. population. About 40% of them live in Southern California.

"NOTAs" and "NONES" both refer to people who are not affiliated with any religion. They, include secularists, nonreligious, Agnostics, and Atheists. They range from over 50% in China to less than 10% elsewhere, and average about 7% worldwide.

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Introduction topics:

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bullet Overview & quotations
 
bullet Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? -- or perhaps both
 
bullet A brief overview of the Buddha's life
 
bulletAn essay "About Buddhism" donated by Reema Singhal
 
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Core Buddhist beliefs

bullet Comparison of Buddhism with Christianity
 
bulletAn article by Miranda Booker comparing Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim funeral & mourning customs
bullet Buddhist traditions in the East and West
bullet A brief discussion

bullet Theravada Buddhism (Southern Buddhism)

bullet Mahayana tradition (Northern Buddhism)

bulletVajrayāna Buddhism (Tantric or Esoteric Buddhism)

bullet Tibetan Buddhism (To be written in the future)

bullet Tantric sex

bullet Chán and Zen Buddhism

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Buddhism and violence -- a rare combination
 

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Buddhism and homosexuality
 

bullet Differences and similarities between Hinduism and Buddhism

bullet Sources of Buddhist information and materials
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bullet Overview & quotes.
 
bullet Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?
 
bulletA brief overview of the Buddha's life
 
bulletAn essay "About Buddhism" donated by Reema Singhal
 
bullet

Core Buddhist beliefs

bullet Comparison of Buddhism with Christianity
 
bulletAn article by Miranda Booker comparing Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim funeral & mourning customs
bulletBuddhist traditions in the East and West
bullet A brief discussion

bullet Theravada Buddhism (Southern Buddhism)

bullet Mahayana tradition (Northern Buddhism)

bulletVajrayāna Buddhism (Tantric or Esoteric Buddhism)

bullet Tibetan Buddhism (To be written in the future)

bullet Tantric sex

bullet Chán and Zen Buddhism

bullet

Buddhism and violence -- a rare combination
 

bullet

Buddhism and homosexuality
 

bullet Differences and similarities between Hinduism and Buddhism

bulletSources of Buddhist information and materials

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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:

Edward Waltz's web site has an article based on Buddha's teaching, titled: "How to [be] happy in life with 1 big secret." It is based on the principle that: "The more you seek inside of you, the more happiness you have. The more you seek outside of you, the more suffering you have."

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