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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