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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  1. religion.blogs.cnn.com

    Understanding buddhism.. Awful 🙂

    April 20, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  2. Ddubbya

    BTW – Sidhartha was his given name. Buddha is the state of enlightenment. He called himself Buddha which translates to "one who has been awoken". He is Lord Buddha, our teacher.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  3. Ddubbya

    Inaccurate information. It's a BODHI TREE, not a BO Tree. It's a type of Ficus that grows and grows and grows. In fact, it is said the SAME tree is still in Nepal.

    Please actually research this topic before publishing misinformation.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:59 am |
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