Buddha versus Buddhism
The person known as the Buddha lived 2500 years ago and taught a self-empowering approach to happiness. In the centuries that followed his life and teaching, a variety of Buddhist religions arose around the world. Some of these are quite popular today such as Tibetan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. The Buddha was not trying to found a religion. His version of salvation was not mystical but rather psychological—we can train our minds to be more attentive and more responsive in ways that lead to goodness, peace, and happiness. You can embrace the teachings of the Buddha without being a Buddhist and you can use these principles to improve your life whatever your religious affiliation is, even if you don’t have one at all.