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Buddhism 8 interesting facts you never knew about the religion

Charly boy said there are similarities between Buddhism and Christianity with the only difference being the religion's view on afterlife

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A recent article on faith written by veteran entertainer, Charly Boy, suggested that most people from other religions have little or no idea what Buddhism is all about and tend to criticise for no reason.

Charly boy also wrote that there are similarities between Buddhism and Christianity with the only difference being the religion's view on afterlife.

An estimated 488 million people are followers of Buddah in the world, with a majority of the religion located in Asian countries.

Little is known to the outside world how Buddhists serve, worship, what the Buddah temple all about.

Collated by Beliefnet, here are eight interesting facts on Buddhism.

  1. Vihara:The temple is called Vihara and is considered a place a follower can become educated through teachings and libraries. Its original meaning was “a secluded place in which to walk.”

  2. A Teacher: Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha is a teacher not a god.

  3. Nirvana: The path to Nirvana is made up of eight steps called the Eightfold Path.

  4. Born a Wealthy Prince: Buddha was born a wealthy prince, but observed the poverty among his people and left all his wealth behind in search of truth.

  5. Flowers: One tradition in Buddhism is the use of flowers. Flowers signify that life is fleeting, as its life span is relatively short.

  6. Buddhism was Founded in: Buddhism was founded in the 5th Century  with many tracing it's roots to northern India.

  7. No Shoes: You cannot wear shoes in the Vihara or point your feet at the Buddha images.

  8. Enlightenment: The fig tree is important in Buddhism because Buddha found enlightenment under the fig tree.

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