Buddhism started in India about 2,500 years ago, with the enlightenment of Buddha. The Buddha is revered as a teacher and as an exemplar, not as God. Buddhism does not include the idea of a creator God.
The basic beliefs of Buddhism are:
- nothing is permanent
- actions have consequences
- change is possible
Buddhism teaches practical methods of self-transformation. There are around 350 million Buddhists worldwide. All traditions are committed to non-violence and tolerance.