Buddhism is one of the Japanese religions. People who practise Buddhism are called Buddhists. Buddhists do not believe there is a god like Christians do, but worship a man called Buddha.

Buddha was a man who lived around 580 BC and was born in Nepal. He was part of the royal family and had his very own palace but was always ill so he did not ever leave his palace! One day he decided (ill or not) he would go outside so of he went and as soon has he stepped out he saw a sick man, a dead man, an old man and a wandering holy many. He said to his servants that nobody should have to suffer and decided to become holy. He left the palace and lived as a poor man until he learnt about re-birth and became the Awakened One, or Buddha.


A Buddhist temple in Japanese
A Buddhist temple in Japanese