Why is the Buddha a giant? Because he founded Buddhism. Because Buddhism is one of the five great religions of the world, with over 350 million practitioners in every country on the planet and a history stretching back over 2500 years. Because Buddhism is one of the world's great thought-systems, full of profound philosophical and psychological as well as 'spiritual' insights which influence people to this day, whether they call themselves Buddhists or not. Because Buddhism is relevant to everyone. At its core it is about how to live a wise, compassionate and fulfilled life. How to make the world a more harmonious place. How to become enlightened. In short, how to be happy.
Tony Morris is a historian, publisher, and a former board director of Theatre de Complicite, The History Press and Historypin. He is the author of "What Do Buddhists Believe?"