This new series offers a vivid, practical discussion of the world's major religions. Each book in the series examines the origins of a specific religion, its core beliefs, important rituals or customs and their meanings, holidays, and contemporary changes and challenges. Thorough indexes and full-color photographs enhance all volumes in this series. Being Buddhist means following the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, a nobleman born in India nearly 2,500 years ago. His words serve as a guide for living a compassionate life, and as a way of understanding the world around us. Today, nearly 400 million people consider themselves followers of the Buddha.
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