Buddha Shakyamuni lived and taught in India some two and a half thousand years ago and was the founder of Buddhism in this world. He explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states of mind. He also taught methods for gradually overcoming minds such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom.
Since then around the world millions have explored the pure spiritual path that he revealed. Through following teachings he gave and practicing meditation we too can come to experience lasting peace and happiness. The methods work for anyone, in any country, in any age. Having gained experience of them for ourselves we can then share their benefits with others. The Buddhist way of life – peace, loving kindness and wisdom – is just as relevant today as it was when Buddha appeared in ancient India.