Buddhism is a prominent eastern religion founded in India about 500 years before Christ by a man named Siddhartha Gautama, who came to be known as the "Buddha" or "enlightened one." With roughly 500 million adherents, Buddhism is one of the world's largest religions. While by far most concentrated in Asia, Buddhism has been on the rise in the West since the 1960s, particularly in the Western United States. Not only does Buddhism differ from Christianity on individual claims such as who or what is God or what happens to us when we die but also Buddhism and Christianity present entirely different views of the world that touch on every subject of importance. (source: CARM)