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February 21st, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Understanding Buddhism

Buddhism is the major religion of many countries in Asia, based largely on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha. There are more than 300 million Buddhists worldwide. Most fall into one of two major schools of Buddhism, but there are dozens of different sects. A third school also has a small following. They all share basic beliefs.

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Journeys

February 20th, 2010
11:34 AM ET

Tiger Woods' apology brings attention to Buddhism

When Tiger Woods invoked his religious faith during his public apology on Friday, he readily acknowledged that a lot of people would be surprised.

"People probably don't realize it," he said, "but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years."

But Woods said his Buddhist faith would be a key part of his quest to put his life back together after revelations of his marital infidelity, which he admitted for the first time. Buddhist experts said Woods' summation of the tradition's beliefs was accurate - and that his remarks likely will bring more attention to the faith in a week when its highest profile leader, the Dalai Lama, is visiting the United States.

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Filed under: Culture & Science

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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