“As human beings, we must learn to respect and live in harmony with Mother Nature. Most of all, we must strive to understand and appreciate where we are in our lives, why we exist, and who we are as beings.”
- Steven K.H. Aung, M.D.
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of life. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago. The word comes from 'budhi’ - to awaken. Its philosophy is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha.
Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. Thus Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, or gender. Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.