Asian Philosophy 5: Buddhism

Buddhism spread map

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Activities

  1. Compare It

    Study the way Buddhism spread throughout much of Asia. Which had a larger area of core influence in 500 B.C., Hinduism or Buddhism?
  2. Find It

    When did Buddhist influences reach Central Asia?
  3. Calculate It

    How many years were there between the arrival of Buddhist influence in Sri Lanka and in Japan?

Learn More About It

The Buddhist tradition began with the life of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. For much of his life, Gautama was both a teacher and a traveler. As he traveled, he met and influenced others. By the end of his long life, Gautama was surrounded by followers. Some of these followers carried on the practice of traveling and teaching. So did later Buddhists. Eventually, Buddhism was carried throughout much of Asia.

Check Your Answers

  1. Hinduism.
  2. Around 100 A.D.
  3. 700 years.

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