India is a diverse and secular country; it performs several religious practices. One of them is Buddhism. Buddhism was established in the late 6th century B.C.E. by Siddhartha Gautama (the “Buddha”). It is a very significant religion in most of the countries of Asia. There have been several attempts to draw from the life experiences of the Buddha, his teachings, and the spiritual essence of his teachings (called dhamma or dharma) as models for religious life. Gautam Buddha was born (ca. 563 B.C.E.) in a place called Lumbini near the Himalaya’s foothills and began teaching around Benares. His era was one of the most spiritual and intellectual, thus providing enlightenment and social ferment. Check out all about the origin of Buddhism!