Human beings have always felt the undeniable need to believe in something higher than us, something to explain the things we consider to be unexplainable, there are a tendency to avoid the feeling of things under no control whatsoever, we need to believe that nothing is random, that there is a higher purpose for everything, and that’s how religions were born.
First religions were polytheistic, that means, they believed in several gods and goddesses which ruled several aspects of nature that people couldn’t explain by themselves, religions evolved step by step until now, we have some big religions which have the majority of population in them, and some small religions.
One of this large religions is Buddhism, it has a lot of believers, and it has more and more each day since people is looking something more to fill themselves with spirituality and enrich their lives, but, what’s Buddhism and where it comes from?
Is a religion and a philosophy widely known all around the world based in the teachings of Buddha (in Sanskrit it means “Awakened One”), he was a teacher from Ancient India who lived
between the mid-6th and mid-4th centuries BCE, there are several versions about his life but according some texts he was born as Siddhārtha Gautama in Lumbini and grew up in Kapilavasthu.
When Buddhism appeared in northeastern India, that place was experiencing a period of intense religious activity and the new religion succeeded, after the founder’s death, Buddhism divided into two major branches: Theravada, which in Pali means: “The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana which in Sanskrit means: “The Great Vehicle”.
Buddhism is the world’s fourth-largest religion, with over 520 million followers, Buddhists believe in many things such as rebirths, and in meditation as a vehicle to reach enlightenment and wisdom, in 20th century, this religion gained many adepts in Western countries including several celebrities.
The Buddhists believe that following its path, its practices will lead to a spiritual development that they will change themselves and will acquire or develop qualities as wisdom, awareness, kindness and respect for all life
The Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god and, for that reason, some people do not see it as a religion, but the fact is that it is one of the most followed ones maybe because of the peace and love that it promotes as well as the respect for all living beings in the world.