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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Bud·dhism /ˈbuˌdɪzəm, ˈbʊ-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bud·dhism n. The religion based upon the doctrine originally taught by the Hindu sage Gautama Siddartha, surnamed Buddha, “the awakened or enlightened,” in the sixth century b. c., and adopted as a religion by the greater part of the inhabitants of Central and Eastern Asia and the Indian Islands. Buddha's teaching is believed to have been atheistic; yet it was characterized by elevated humanity and morality. It presents release from existence (a beatific enfranchisement, Nirvâna) as the greatest good. Buddhists believe in transmigration of souls through all phases and forms of life. Their number was estimated in 1881 at 470,000,000.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a religion represented by the many groups (especially in
           Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist
           doctrine and that venerate Buddha
      2: the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering
         caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire
         ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right
         conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire
         and suffering and rebirth