There is no Buddhist bible. There are several Buddhist scriptures and teachings in existence, but few Buddhist scholars agree these are authentic. Bibles of other religions are thought to convey the word of that religion's god, but Buddha was a man and not a god, so there is no bible.
Siddh?rtha Gautama, or Shakyamuni, founded Buddhism more than 2,000 years ago. The religion focuses on finding a peaceful and positive state of mind. Buddhism commonly uses meditation to achieve this inner peace. The Buddhist beliefs center around karma and rebirth. Buddhists believe every action is followed by a karmic event. An individual's karma is always returned to him and an individual is reborn into the next life based on his past karma. As of 2014, Buddhism continues to be a major religion around the globe.Learn More
A Buddhist monk is known as a Bhikkhu, if male, or a Bhikkhuni, if female. A devotee must be at least 20 years old to be ordained, but can become a novice (known as a samanera or samaneri) earlier.Full Answer >
A Buddhist temple is called a pagoda. During festivals and on full-moon days, Buddhists gather in pagodas to chant hymns and pray to Lord Buddha. They worship the five elements of nature, namely fire, wind, water, wisdom and the Earth.Full Answer >
Buddhists worship in temples as part of the Sangha, or community. Worshipping in the temple is not required. It is acceptable for someone practicing Buddhism to worship at home.Full Answer >
Contemporary Buddhist leaders include the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Ven. Bhikkuni Kusuma and Bhikkhu Bodhi. Born in 1935, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is arguably the most famous among them.Full Answer >