1. The word 'Buddha' is a title, which means 'one who is awake', in the sense of having ‘woken up to reality'.
  2. In Buddhism, Karma is the force that drives the cycle of suffering and rebirth for each being.
  3. The Thanboddhay Pagoda in Myanmar has 582,357 Buddha statues.
  4. The 3 tallest statues in the world are of Buddha.
  5. 7 million Buddhists are found outside of Asia.
  6. Unlike many religions, Buddhism has no single central text that is universally referred to by all traditions.
  7. Some Buddhist monks in Japan used to practice self-mummification by adhering to a special diet, then sealing themselves alive into burial chambers.
  8. There is a pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka that is holy to four religions for a "sacred footprint": Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity.
  9. In Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the Buddhist New Year is celebrated for three days.
  10. The Swastika is recognized as a symbol of auspiciousness in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
  11. In Japan, homosexual relations among Buddhist samurai and clergy were actually quite common.
  12. In Buddhism, suicide is seen as throwing away the precious opportunity to generate positive karma.
  13. Buddhist monks are not allowed to kill any animal, for any reason, even pests and vermin.
  14. China is the country with the largest population of Buddhists, approximately 244 million or 18.2% of its total population.
  15. Buddhism sees humans as part of nature, not as separate from it.
  16. Some Chinese farmers use plastic molds to sculpt pears into the likeness of Buddhas.
  17. The current Dalai Lama was selected for the role when he was 2 years old, and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama when he was 4.
  18. Unlike other religions, the Dalai Lama urges spiritual seekers not to convert to Tibetan Buddhism, but to remain with their own religions.
  19. As a teenager, Steve Jobs traveled to India to seek enlightenment and returned as a Buddhist.
  20. Lamas in ancient Tibet were boiled in butter before being embalmed.
  21. The historical Buddha was not obese. The "chubby Buddha" or "laughing Buddha" is a 10th-century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai.
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