This is part of a series to help managers and human resources professionals to understand the various religions in the workplace. Based on the Religion Culture Bridge and used with permission from Max Impact,
"Buddha" is a title rather than a name. It originates from Gautam Buddha, the originator of Buddhism. Living 2,500 years ago, Buddha searched to find the meaning of life. His journey found a state of being, "enlightenment", which he would teach to others as he traveled through northern India.
Buddhism is a way of finding inner peace. Buddhists develop inner peace, kindness and wisdom through daily life, openly sharing their experiences with others. They strive to live peaceful lives that will someday lead to purity and happiness among all people.
Buddhism does not believe in a Superior Being that created and rules the universe.
After death a Buddhist's mind will leave the body and enter into a special sate where simple truths will become seeded. Once the mind is ready it will leave this state and enter a newborn body.
Predominant religions of the world
- Christian 33.03% of the world’s population
- Islam (Muslim) 20.12%
- Hinduism 13.34%
- Buddhism 5.89%
- Atheism 2.36%
- Sikhism 0.39%
- Judaism 0.23%
- Baha’i n/a
This is an excerpt from the Religion Culture Bridge which is part of the Culture Bridges available from Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based leadership development and business strategy website offering a host of complimentary information. © Max Impact, used by permission.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Leading workplace culture books
- Performance Culture provides a simplified approach to create a company culture that has proven to work
- The Great Workplace shows how to build and keep a great workplace and the benefits of doing so.
- Change the Culture, Change the Game offers a breakthrough strategy for energizing an organization and creating accountability for top results.