Fast Facts

Buddhism was founded in 520 BC.

The Buddha was born and raised as a prince living in the lap of luxury at Kapilavastu in Nepal about 2500 years ago. His name was Prince Siddhartha Gautama.

At age 29 Prince Siddhartha renounced his family and a life of luxury.

The Buddha attained enlightenment under a bodhi (fig) tree in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in eastern India.

Buddhism has three major divisions – Theravada, Vajrayana and Mahayana.

The three jewels in Buddhism are – the Buddha, the sangha (monastic community), the dharma (teachings of the Buddha)
According to Buddhism the three delusions that plague mankind are ignorance, desire and anger. The three virtues that can be developed to combat these vices are moral discipline, concentration and wisdom.