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Buddhism originated in Northern India in the 6th or 5th Century BCE and is based on the spiritual vision of Gautama, a young prince who became the first "enlighted one" or Buddha. There are two schools of Buddhism: Thereavada and Mahayana, which has several offshoots including Tibetan Buddism and Zen. Though predominantly practiced in Asia, Buddhism has worldwide adherents of its beliefs and practice. Sacred text for Theravada is the Tipitaka or Pali Canon and for Mahayan include various sutras acknowledged to be teaching of the Buddha..
Reference books are an excellent source to begin learning about a topic. Be sure to look at the end of an entry to see the books and articles the expert recommends for a topic.
Two suggested sample searches are linked below.
Books on Buddhism as a subject. Be sure to look at the suggested topics at the top of the page to narrow and refine your search. For instance, if you want to know about meditation in Buddhism, select that limiter from the "more topics" list.
Books specifically about the life and thought of Guatama Buddha.
GPC provides access to many ebooks. These can be read from home. Some require not only the Galileo password, but also your GPC login and password. Here is a selection of e-books found by searching Buddhism as a subject and limiting to electronic format.