When did Buddhism exist?
Buddhism was recognized as a philosophy/religion about 2500 years ago. It continues today in almost every country in the world.
Henotheism is the belief that there may be many gods but one is worthy of worship. Buddhism neither endorses or condemns the belief in deities but holds that they (if they exist) need not be worshiped and have no control for good or evil over humans. A person's progress towards enlightenment is their own struggle. In this manner Buddhism is not henotheistic.
Buddhism is a religion based in the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as 'Buddha'. Although widely spread all around the world, Buddhism has not a great presence in the Caribbean. It was until the year 2006 that the first Buddhist temple was raised in this region, by May Trieu, a Chinese Buddhist born in Vietnam.
Although Buddhism and Hinduism share many cultural memes (concepts, symbols, etc.) the basic precepts are not the same. The source of Beliefs for Buddhism came from the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. Many of Buddhist beliefs are entirely different from Hinduism, which did not exist in his time. During his lifetime the main religion was Brahmanism which later evolved into Hinduism.
The end goal of Buddhism is enlightenment or 'Nirvana'. This is NOT Heaven. Enlightenment comes when you become non-self or nothing. When you truly cease to exist, you have reached Nirvana. Mahayana Buddhists believe in a wonderful afterlife Paradise where they can spend time learning how to reach Nirvana. Of course, once Nirvana is reached, they cease to exist. This is the goal of all Buddhism. Non-Self.
Buddhism is a non-theistic religion, meaning that the nature of God is not pertinent to Buddhist teachings. In Buddhism, gods do exist, but are largely imported from early Vedic (Hindu) teachings. However, the gods play minor roles in Buddhism as protectors of the Buddha and his teachings, and do not serve as "creators" in the sense normally found in Western, Abrahmic, religions. Additionally, in the six-levels of rebirth found in Buddhism, the highest of the…
The Holy Bible fails to exist in Buddhism. It is not part of this belief system. Instead, their texts include Lotus of True Laws, 'Book of Exploits and, Lives of Buddha. The southern school used different texts in their Tripitaka. It included the 'History of Buddhism, Questions of King Milinda, and Commentaries of Buddhaghosa.
Zen Buddhism and Shingon Buddhism are two notable sects of Japanese Buddhism. Pure Land, or Amidist, Buddhism is also significant in this country. Pure Land has its roots in India and China, however. Zen Buddhism emphasizes meditating for enlightenment. Shingon Buddhism is a type of Pure Land Buddhism and is esoteric and relies on early Buddhist Tantras.