Buddhist religion has been the subject of much study in recent years.
The religion has a number of distinct sects, including the Soka Gakkai, the Nichiren Shoshu and the Koshyogin, and some believe it is an ancient religion, dating back to about 12,000 years ago.
In its original form, Buddhism originated in India and spread to China, Cambodia and Vietnam, and has a presence in Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Myanmar-Myanmar, which shares a border with Burma.
A number of sects are believed to be linked to the Japanese religion of Shinto.
Buddhism is practiced in all parts of the world.
The world’s largest Buddhist community is in the United States, but there are several smaller groups around the world, including in Canada, Australia, India, Sri Wales and South Africa.
Some Buddhist leaders say Buddhism is a religion of peace.