Buddhism is a religion that emerges from the Indian sub-continent. The religion is based on Siddhartha Gautama who is referred to as 'Buddha'. The word 'buddha' means “the awakened one” in both the Pali and Sanskrit language. All individuals belonging to the Buddhist faith strongly believe that every Buddhist is free from any desire, aversion, and ignorance. Buddhist schools claim that Buddha was omniscient, all knowing. Buddhism is also practiced by a number of people in Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia. Buddhist religion refers to Buddha in 29 different avatars. Buddhist followers hold homage to all these avatars during festivals or auspicious occasions. All these names are in Sanskrit and most Buddhist names are derived from here. The names often determine the class or category of people for example D?pankara belongs to the Brahmin community while Ko??añña belongs to the Kshatriyas. Buddhism is based on the teachings on Siddhartha Gautama who claimed to achieve a conscious state of 'nirvana' through his own efforts. In Sanskrit, achieving the state of nirvana is called 'Theravada'. Buddhism is taught at various levels, and those who become a master are believed to have achieved this blissful, peaceful state. There is no supernatural or divine aspect in the teachings of Buddhism. It is more focused on the human elements and learning to avoid anger, fear, and sorrow.  Buddhist followers strongly believe that what you reap is what you sow. They believe that their actions are responsible for leading a good or bad life. Karma which means “action” in Sanskrit is the universe's response to each person's activities whether positive or negative. Buddhists believe that there can be no forgiveness for an individual's karma. Karma refers to actions of the body, speech and mind.  Buddhist followers exhort the concept of rebirth (life after death; reincarnation) and going through various forms of life before attaining Nirvana. The cycle of rebirth depends upon one's karma. Buddhists believe, bad karma can make a person a 'preta', a hungry ghost that shares space with humans, while good karma can in turn make a person a 'deva' which are considered spiritual or godly. The Eightfold Path This is the foundation of Buddha’s teachings. Most of the Buddhist's beliefs revolve around these 8 principles. These are simple principles laid down which help Buddhist followers to live a happy and peaceful life in the proper manner. The Eightfold Path is divided into three sections, the first of which is Wisdom. Buddhist followers must look at reality as it is and not as it appears to be. Every individual's thoughts should be free and harmless. The first section of the path includes:  Right View and Right Intention. Ethical Conduct forms the second section where people are taught how to tell the truth in a non-hurtful way, stay calm, and live a life which causes harm to no one. Included in this second section are the subcategory teachings of : Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood. The third and last section is Concentration. This portion is where followers learn to make efforts for self improvement, start becoming aware of the happenings around them, and perform meditation in a manner with full concentration. This last section includes the remaining components of the Eightfold Path: Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration. Henry Steel Olcott, a well-known person and the founder of the theosophical society in New York, converted to Buddhism and helped in the spreading of the religion throughout Sri Lanka. An early Indian leader, B.R Ambedkar, converted from Hinduism to Buddhism for the Dali Buddhist Movement. Indian Emperor Asoka, the Great, also converted from Hinduism to Buddhism. Tina Turner, Orlando Bloom, Tiger Woods, Richard Gere, and Jackie Chan are other famous Hollywood celebrities who converted to Buddhism. There are a number of names for Buddha used today in many Buddhist names. Mangala, Sumana, Reveta, Sujata and Sobhita are a few such examples which use the namesake. Popular Buddhist Names Bodhi – this name is derived from the English translation of Buddha and it means “Awakened or Enlightened”. Dechen – means “Health and Happiness” in Sanskrit Jasodhara – the name of Lord Buddha’s mother Sonam – means “a fortunate one” or “Beautiful One” in Sanskrit Bodhidharma -means “Enlightenment Teaching”; “All Pervading Enlightened Mind” Daishin -means “Great Truth; Boundless Reality” Chinshu – means “Calm Prefecture; Calm Place” Daiji -means “Great Compassion” Ashwaghosh – a Buddhist philosopher