The Buddhist flag, first hoisted in 1885 in Sri lanka, is a symobl of Buddhism throughout the world.
- Blue = Universal Compassion
- Yellow = The Middle Path
- Red = Blessings
- White = Purity and Liberation
- Orange = Wisdom
“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.”
--Albert EinsteinTheravada (pronounced — "terra-VAH-dah", the "Doctrine of the Elders," is the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Pali canon, which scholars generally agree contains the earliest surviving record of the Buddha's teachings. For many centuries, Theravada has been the predominant religion of continental Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, and Laos) and Sri Lanka. Today Theravada Buddhists number well over 100 million worldwide. In recent decades Theravada has begun to take root in the West.