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Buddhism Facts

A religion and philosophy

  • Gautama Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) is the founder of the religion.
  • Buddha is known as a teacher not a god.
  • There are two branches of the religion - Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle").
  • The full moon day is of special importance to Buddhists.
  • Buddhists can go to their temple at any time.
  • Flowers and food are placed on the front of the Buddhist Statue. Placing the flowers is a reminder that people will not live forever.
  • Buddhist Monks do not own anything of their - not even food. Donating food is considered helps one reach Nirvana.
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