1: Buddhism believes in reincarnation, like Hinduism, but with a different view. Buddhist believed there is a series or reincarnations that lead to a higher goal or level. The Ultimate goal is called Nirvana. Buddhist don't believe in a single supreme God but believed the founder, an Indian Prince named Gautama, was a deity, and later became known as Buddha. | The popularity of Buddhism strengthened when the Mauryan emperor, Ashoka, adopted its beliefs. Buddhism is popular in Sri Lanka, Japan, Korea and China. Buddhists major beliefs are the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, and Nirvana.
3: HOLIDAYS/CELEBRATIONS -Buddhist New Year: Celebrate the new year for three days. -Buddha Day: Buddhas Birthday. -Robe Offering Ceremony: Laity offer new robes to the Monks. -Dhamma Day: Commemorates Buddhas first teaching. -The Ploughing Festival: Celebrate Buddhas first moment of Enlightenment. -The Elephant Festival: To mark one of Buddhas sayings. ONce an Elephant is caught it is harnessed to a tamed one to train. -The Festival of the Tooth: Special night for Buddhas tooth. -Ancestor Day: Visit cemetery's of there ancestors and give them offerings. -Enlightenment Day: Enlightenment of Gautama. | BOOKS/MAJOR CITIES -Tripitaka: Earliest collection of Buddhist teachings. -Mahanaya: Reflects distinctively on Mahanaya concepts. -Tibetan Book of the Dead: describes the stages of death through the Tibetan point of view. -Nara/Kyoto, Japan -Yung-kang, China -Lhasa, Tibet -Angkor Wat, Cambodia -Ayutthaya/Bangkok, Thailand
4: Buddhist Major Beliefs: The Four Noble Truths Eightfold Path Nirvana
5: Gautama, The Founder Gautama was born the 6th century B.C. He was married at a young age, and when he grew older, he left his family to try and find a way to relieve universal suffering. For some years, Gautama searched for new practices and meditations. Years later Gautama purified his mind and became known as Buddha or, The Enlightened One.