The beginning of Buddhism can be dated back to the birth of Buddha Shakyamuni in 624 BCE in what is now known as Nepal. Born a royal prince, he had many privileges and there were many who said his future would bring good things. At the age of 29, he chose a life of meditation in the forest. This marked the beginning to his six-year path to enlightenment. He finally achieved it under the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, India.
Not long after the Buddha’s death, monks gathered and they began remembering the lessons they learned from him. They committed the teachings to memory and carried on an oral tradition for over 200 years.
Many different Asian countries continued the Buddhist tradition. There are many incarnations of the original teachings but the core beliefs and principles can still be found in the practice of a more modern Buddhism. A couple of thousand years later, Buddhism remains one of the world’s largest religions.