Like many questions, answering what is Buddhism is more complex than it first appears. Buddhism started 2500 years ago in India when a former prince named Siddhartha Gautama sat under a Bodhi tree and decided to stay there until it he attained supreme understanding.
Having sampled all the spiritual paths available in those days after renouncing his princehood, Gautama found himself dissatisfied with the life of an ascetic or holy man. He set aside all the techniques he learned and simply observed his sense experience. Continue reading