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Do you know what Buddhism is? Do you want to know how to practice Buddhism?
Buddhism is a religion, a philosophy and a lifestyle. The name comes from the word “buddha” which translates to “to awaken”. It was 2,500 years ago when the Buddha, known then as Siddhartha Gautama, experienced the awakening himself and thus founded Buddhism. As mentioned in the introduction, Buddhism is more than just a religion. In order to be a practicing Buddhist, you must:
Lead a moral existence
Develop awareness and practice mindfulness in your everyday thoughts and deeds
Practice the virtues of wisdom and understanding
Much like Hinduism, Buddhism is also rooted in the Indian subcontinent or, more precisely, ancient India. The two faiths thus have much in common with regard to teachings, history, and core principles. Both Buddhism and Hinduism, like other Indian religions, can also be considered as dharmas.
Buddhism can be viewed as a unique philosophy that branched out of old Hindu traditions. Siddhartha Gautama himself came from a Hindu family before he ever embarked upon his journey. He spread these new, reformed ideas throughout India at first, but the Buddhist religion later dwindled in India towards the Middle Ages. Luckily, by that time, the religion had spread through a significant portion of Asia, where it has remained popular and maintained a foothold despite its decline in the homeland.