By: Kirstie Savage, Lisa Swift, MacKenzie Mitchell
History of Buddhism
The birth of Buddhism began with Buddha. Buddha was a man named Siddhartha Gautama who was born the son of a king some 500 years prior to the birth of Jesus. According to legends, shortly after Siddhartha was born holy men examined him and predicted that he would either become a great political leader who would unify India or a great religious leader and a savior of humanity (Boeree). His father, wanting his son to follow in his footsteps, provided him with a life of every imaginable luxury and shielded him from pain and suffering.