Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from ‘budhi’, ‘to awaken’. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened at the age of 35. Siddhartha Gotama was born into a royal family in Lumbini, now located in Nepal. At 29, he realised that wealth and luxury did not guarantee happiness, so he explored the different teachings religions and philosophies of the day, to find the key to human happiness. After six years of study and meditation he finally found ‘the middle path’ and was enlightened. After enlightenment, he shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering through the elimination of ignorance, by way of understanding and the seeing of dependent origination and the elimination of desire.