Buddhist Councils: The Guardians of the Dharma Patronized by Rulers Across Millennia

Buddhism, founded by Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha, is one of the world's major religions. Originating in ancient India around the 5th century BCE, Buddhism has spread across Asia and beyond, influencing cultures, philosophies, and societies. With its emphasis on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, Buddhism offers a path to enlightenment and liberation from suffering.