Buddhist Sects

Buddhist Sects

About Buddhist Sects

Buddhism is an ancient ideological system that originated in the Iron Age Indian subcontinent, referred to variously throughout history by one or more of a myriad of concepts including, but not limited to any of the following: a Dharmic religion, a philosophy or quasi-philosophical tradition, a spiritual schema, or a culturally dynamic psychological method of self-improvement. The Buddhist faith was founded by the teacher Siddhrtha Gautama, known honorifically as the eponymic Buddha, around the 6th or 5th century BCE. The classification and nature of various doctrinal, philosophical or cultural facets or schools of Buddhism is vague and has been interpreted in many different ways, often due to the sheer number (perhaps thousands) of different sects, subsects, movements, etc. that have or currently make up the whole of Buddhist traditions.