Buddhism is a faith that was founded by Siddhartha Gautama (“the Buddha”) more than 2,500 years ago in India. With about 470 million followers, scholars consider Buddhism one of the major world religions. Its practice has historically been most prominent in East and Southeast Asia, but its influence is growing in the West.
Many Buddhist ideas and philosophies overlap with those of other faiths.
Followers of Buddhism don’t acknowledge a supreme god or deity. They instead focus on achieving enlightenment.
Buddha died around the age of 80, possibly of an illness from eating spoiled meat or other food. When he died, it is said that he told his disciples that they should follow no leader, but to “be your own light.”