Confucianism is both a religion and philosophy. Originating in China, it is based on the teachings of Confucius (551 BCE – 479 BCE), a Chinese philosopher and contemporary of Buddha. Over six million followers now exist throughout East Asia. Confucian thought focuses on the cultivation of virtue and maintenance of ethics. The belief is concerned with human beings, their achievements and interests, rather than abstract beings and problems of theology. It coexists with Taoism and Buddhism in Chinese spiritual life, guiding personal relations and social structure.