Buddhism

Among the founders of the world’s major religions, the Buddha was the only teacher who did not claim to be other than an ordinary human being.

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Giant Buddha of Leshan
Giant Buddha of Leshan

The largest Buddha in the world is at Mount Emei in China.

Bodhisattvas, an introduction
Bodhisattvas, an introduction

A brief primer on bodhisattvas

Bodh Gaya: The Site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment
Bodh Gaya: The Site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment

Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment—over millennia it has been reconstructed and reimagined.

Buddhist meditation and chant
Buddhist meditation and chant

There are many kinds of Buddhist meditations; here Dr Sarah Shaw describes the ‘middle way’ of the Buddha and explores key aspects of Buddhist meditation and chant, such as the use of Buddha-images and visualization.

Introduction to Buddhism
Introduction to Buddhism

The religion that originated in India took on so many different forms that it is often difficult to see how the various sects of Buddhism are related.

The Buddha and Buddhist sacred texts
The Buddha and Buddhist sacred texts

A Buddha is seen as one who becomes awakened to the true nature of reality.

The stupa
The stupa

A mound of dirt or the body of the Buddha? These sacred sites give practitioners insight into the Four Noble Truths.

The historical Buddha
The historical Buddha

Despite a princely upbringing, Siddhartha insisted he was just a man—albeit one who attained perfection.

Buddhist Monasteries
Buddhist Monasteries

From simple assembly halls to expansive rock caves, buildings for Buddhist monks grew in complexity over time.

Beliefs made visible: Buddhist art in South Asia
Beliefs made visible: Buddhist art in South Asia

Buddhism thrived in India for over a thousand years. Discover important sites in the life of the Buddha.

Bodh Gaya: center of the Buddhist world
Bodh Gaya: center of the Buddhist world

Siddhartha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Now a major pilgrimage site, it is covered in offerings.

Four Buddhas at the American Museum of Natural History
Four Buddhas at the American Museum of Natural History

This video decodes the hand gestures, symbols, and styles of Buddhas from Thailand, Pakistan, Japan, and China.

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