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Introduction to Buddhism | Belief | Oprah Winfrey Network


How to pray like a Buddhist


Religion in China (BBC Hindi)


Buddhism thrives as China relaxes religious policy


Buddhism as a "Science of the Mind"

Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists. An Indian religion, Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha and resulting interpreted philosophies. Buddhism originated in Ancient India as a Sramana tradition sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, spreading through much of Asia. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada and Mahayana.
  • Types 

  • Life of the Buddha 

  • The problems of life: ''dukkha'' and ''saṃsāra'' 

  • The path to liberation: ''Bhavana'' (practice, cultivation) 

  • Buddhist texts 

  • History 

  • Schools and traditions 

  • Buddhism in the modern era 

  • Demographics