Buddhists follow the teachings of a man called Siddattha Gotama, the BUDDHA. He lived in India in the 6 th century BCE. Buddha is not his name but a special title as he has gained enlightenment. . ENLIGHTENMENT is a special understanding, realising the truth about how things are. Buddhists believe that the world is imperfect but the Buddha found the answer to why this is and so can over come it.
Buddhists believe that by following the teachings of the Buddha they can gain enlightenment. Buddhists do not believe in an all powerful God, they do not believe that Buddha himself was more important than a normal human being. He was important because he had reached enlightenment.
Buddhists believe that when they die they will be reborn unless they reach enlightenment. This is called SAMSARA. Buddhists try to break this cycle and reach NIRVANA. This is the end of imperfection and the state of perfect peace. They try to reach Nirvana by meditating and following the Buddha’s teachings.