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Buddhism (which was commonly spelled "Boudhism" in early 1,800 CE) is a non-aggressive polytheistic religion and philosophy that originated in the mid-500s BCE and was popularized at this time when a prince named Gautama abandoned royal life to begin a spiritual quest with designs to end suffering for all forms of life.

Although there are different types of Buddhism, including Indian Buddhism and Tantric Buddhism, our focus is on the most widely-known, and by far the most popular by sheer population numbers alone, Chinese Buddhism (as time permits, we'd like to elaborate on the other variations in the future also).

Deities:   Supernatural agents:   Beliefs:   Traditions:
  • Buddhas
    • Kuan Shih Yin P'usa (avalokiteshvara)
    • Hotei (Happy Buddha)
    • Amitabha (boundless light)
    • Yao Shih Fwo (healing and medicine)
    • Lung-Nu (jade maiden)
    • Hoan Shen-Tsai (golden youth)
    • Wen-Shu-Shih Li P'usa (manjushri)
    • Pu Hsien P'usa (samantabhadra)
    • Ti-Tsang Wang P'usa (ksitigarbha)
    • Mi-Lo Fwo (maitreya and happiness)
  • Protectors
    • Kuan Ti (sangharama; protector of Buddhism)
    • Wei-To (skanda; protector of Dharma)
  • Guardian kings
    • Mo-Li Ching (east)
    • Mo-Li Hai (west)
    • Mo-Li Shou (north)
    • Mo-Li Hung (south)
  • Amitabha
  • Dhammadinna
  • Khema
  • Maha Pajapati Gotami
  • Maya Devi
  • Moggallana
  • Sariputta (a.k.a., Sariputra)
  • Sujata
  • 18 Lohans or Arhats (of wisdom, courage, and power)
    • Pindola the Bharadvaja
    • Kanaka the Vasta
    • Kanaka the Bharadvaja
    • Nandimitra
    • Nakula
    • Bodhidruma
    • Kalika
    • Vajraputra
    • Gobaka
    • Pantha the Elder
    • Rahula
    • Nagasena
    • Angida
    • Vanavasa
    • Asita
    • Pantha the Youngling
    • Nantimitolo
    • Pindola
  • 500 lesser Lohans
  • Karma
  • Nirvana
  • Reincarnation
  • Devotional practices
    • bowing
    • chanting
    • meditation
    • offerings
    • pilgrimage
  • Meditation
  • Vegetarianism (extremists)

Buddhism has its roots in Vedism, and generally accepted the Vedic pantheon of "Devas" (male deities), but specifically rejects the concept of creator deity Brahman (which means to be somewhat akin to the highest supernatural state).

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