The founder of Buddhism was Siddhartha Gautama also known as Buddha , or "enlightened one". The leader is Dalai lama . Siddhartha teachings started in India around 500 BC and quickly spread across Asia. Their are two major sects of Buddhism, Theravada and Mahayana. At age 29 Gautama left his family and set out to find "the realm of life where their is neither suffering nor death". During his last few years he taught his teachings to others. After he died his followers gathered his teachings into their holy book which is called the"Tripitaka". their basic beliefs are the four noble truths , the eight-fold path ,and the nirvana.