Buddha was a god
The Buddha was not a deity, and he never claimed to be one. He was a normal man who, through his own efforts, attained enlightenment.
Buddhists worship a god
Unlike many other religions, Buddhism is about following a path — not a person. For this reason, some consider Buddhism more of a philosophy than a religion.
All Buddhists are vegetarians
Some Buddhists are vegetarians, but some are not — it depends on the sect of Buddhism that you follow. The Buddha said that meat can only be eaten if you do not see it or hear it being killed, and if it is not killed for you.
Buddhists believe in reincarnation
Buddhists believe in rebirth — not reincarnation. Reincarnation deals with a constant and unchanging identity that moves from life to life, carrying memories and emotions with it. In rebirth there is no carrying over of emotions and memories, just a small imprint of them in what is known as karma.
There is a single set of Buddhist beliefs
The idea of a uniform Buddhist code of belief is a misconception. There are many different schools of Buddhist beliefs, and each person is told to ask questions and receive answers that are specific to her.
Buddhists welcome suffering
Buddhists don’t actually welcome suffering into their lives, but they try to take a positive approach toward it. They see suffering as an opportunity to grow and become a stronger, more complete person.
Buddhism requires strenuous meditation
While meditation is a part of an active Buddhist lifestyle, its importance depends on the sect of Buddhism to which a person adheres. Even if meditation does become physically demanding, it only becomes that way to further enlightenment.
All Buddhists wear robes
While some of the monks and priests who are following, literally, in the footsteps of Buddha wear robes, it is a myth that the wearing of robes is required of all Buddhist followers.