is a religion and a philosophy.
is the fourth largest religion in the world, after Christianity, Islam and
The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'.
It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama (Sanskrit:
Siddhartha Gautama), known as the Buddha (also:
Tathagata, "the one who has come thus"),
was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35 while sitting under a Bodhi
tree ("tree of wisdom").
Buddhist morality is deeply rooted by the principles of harmlessness and
moderation (The Middle Way).
The characteristics of Buddhism are: 1) Mental training focuses on
moral discipline (sila), 2) Meditative concentration
(or morality/ethics) is about making a person get rid of all the desires
ordinary people have; making him do away with his desire of possession. Also be
mindful and aware of thoughts and actions.
So he would free himself of all attachments, and naturally enter into “concentration”.
Discipline and concentration complement each other. After the person has entered
into concentration, he (or she) would need to sit in meditation. He will
meditate relying on his power of concentration.
refers to Enlightenment, and coming to have great wisdom.
He would see the Truth of the universe
and its dimensions.
His great divine powers would be
majestically displayed, and his Wisdom and Enlightenment would be unlocked.