- Buddhism is a family of beliefs and practices considered by most to be a religion and is based on the teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as "The Buddha" (the Awakened One), who was born in what is today Nepal. He lived and taught in the northeastern region of the Indian subcontinent and most likely died around 400 BCE in what is now modern India.
There is a lot in those two little sentences that makes Buddhism different from many others. First thing that sticks out to me is that it is a family of beliefs that 'most' consider a religion. Buddhism as I have learned thus far does not believe in an almighty and omniscient god like most every other religion i have come across. There are gods and demons and titans and ghosts, but those are all other forms to be re-incarnated to and interestingly enough, they are less desire able than the human form (but I'll save that for another post). Back to what i was saying, Buddhism is considered by most to be a religion but by some it's considered to be a philosophy. This is a stark contrast to Christianity, Judaism, Muslim, and all the others that would be wholly offended to be thought as such.
Another thing that I find interesting about Buddhism is that the person that started it, is 100% confirmed to have lived and taught in a certain area in a certain time.
Thanks for reading, I will try to put more up on the 8 fold path, 4 noble truths, karmic wheel, and more as i can and as i learn more!!!