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Buddhism (/ˈbʊdɪzəm, ˈb-/) is a religion and dharma that 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 sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where it spread through much of Asia, whereafter it declined in India during the Middle Ages. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada (Pali: "The School of the Elders") and Mahayana (Sanskrit: "The Great Vehicle"). Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion, with over 520 million followers or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.

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Photo of Buddhists in Great Religions of the World Nat Geo p 27. photo by Michael Kuh

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Mummified Monk in Buddha Statue

A CT scan has shown that a 1000 year old Buddha statue is housing the mummified remains of a Buddhist monk. After taking out the organs of the Buddhist master, Liuquan, it was discovered that the organs were replaced with pieces of paper covered in Chinese writing.

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You Only Lose

You only lose what you try to not lose...

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Blinded by desire

A quote found in World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Religious Texts

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Lions Roar really effectively helps a convert to understand Buddhism well. It also has many excellent seminars on modern Buddhism and application to life.

Contributed by Ally Klingelhofer

Buddah Cats

Find your inner Buddah cat

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