- The word 'Buddha' is a title, which means 'one who is awake', in the sense of having ‘woken up to reality'.
- In Buddhism, Karma is the force that drives the cycle of suffering and rebirth for each being.
- The Thanboddhay Pagoda in Myanmar has 582,357 Buddha statues.
- The 3 tallest statues in the world are of Buddha.
- Unlike many religions, Buddhism has no single central text that is universally referred to by all traditions.
- In Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the Buddhist New Year is celebrated for three days.
- Buddhist monks are not allowed to kill any animal, for any reason, even pests and vermin.
- Buddhism sees humans as part of nature, not as separate from it.
- Some Chinese farmers use plastic molds to sculpt pears into the likeness of Buddhas.
- The current Dalai Lama was selected for the role when he was 2 years old, and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama when he was 4.
- Unlike other religions, the Dalai Lama urges spiritual seekers not to convert to Tibetan Buddhism, but to remain with their own religions.
- Lamas in ancient Tibet were boiled in butter before being embalmed.
- The historical Buddha was not obese. The "chubby Buddha" or "laughing Buddha" is a 10th-century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai.