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Buddha was a prince (his real name was Siddhartha Gautama) who live about the same time as the Old Testament prophet Daniel

Siddhartha Gautama was a prince who lived in northeast India during the 5th century BC. Shortly after Siddhartha was born, an astrologer visited his father, the King, and told him that the prince would either become a great king or renounce the material world to become a holy man. King Gautama wanted his son to become a great king, so he tried to prevent Siddhartha from ever leaving the palace grounds. But Siddhartha found a way to escape into the city several times and saw how poor and hungry people were outside the palace.

One day, Siddhartha sat under a fig tree, deciding not to leave until he achieved understanding, or enlightenment, about the life of suffering he saw. After many days of meditation (thinking about it), it is said he reached a level of enlightened understanding.

Buddhists don’t believe in one supreme God. But they do believe that there is a rebirth after death. They believe that rebirth is a process where after death, one is reborn as a spirit, an animal, a human being, or even a god if the person has reached the state of enlightenment like Siddhartha (Buddha) had.

Today, there are over 380 million Buddhist around the world.

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