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Buddhism---The Project is Located in the Powerpoint Attached An Included Summary of Buddhism is below Buddhism also known as Buddha Dharma the teachings of the awakened one is a religion a practical philosophy and arguably a psychology focusing on the teachings of Gautama Buddha Pali Gotama Buddha who lived on the Indian subcontinent most likely from the mid-6th to the early 5th century BCE Buddhism spread throughout the subcontinent in the five centuries following the Buddhas passing and propagated into Central Southeast and East Asia over the next two millennia Today Buddhism is divided primarily into three traditions Therav257da Sanskrit Sthavirav257da Mah257y257na and Vajray257na Buddhism continues to attract followers worldwide and with approximately 708 million adherents it is considered a major world religion Buddhism is the fifth-largest religion in the world behind Christianity Islam Hinduism and traditional Chinese religion respectively 1 Buddhism is the fourth-largest organised religion in the world When used in a generic sense a Buddha is generally considered to be a person who discovers the true nature of reality through years of spiritual cultivation investigation of the various religious practices of his time and meditation This transformational discovery is called bodhi - literally Awakening more commonly called Enlightenment Any person who has become awakened from the sleep of ignorance by directly realizing the true nature of reality is called a Buddha 346257kyamuni is said to have been only the latest of many of these there were other Buddhas before him and there will be others in the future According to the Buddha any person can follow his example and become enlightened through the study of his words Dharma and putting them into practice by leading a virtuous moral life and purifying his mind Concisely put the aim of Buddhist practice is to put an end to the stress of existence I teach one thing and one thing only suffering and the end of suffering The Buddha To achieve this
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