Although Buddhism spread throughout Asia it remained virtually unknown in the West until modern times. The early missions sent by the emperor Ashoka to the West did not bear fruit.
Knowledge of Buddhism has come through three main channels: Western scholars; the work of philosophers, writers and artists; and the arrival of Asian immigrants who have brought various forms of Buddhism with them to Europe, North America and Australia.
The 'come and see for yourself' attitude of Buddhism attracts many Westerners. They are not asked to believe in anything, but to follow the Buddha's advice of testing ideas first.
With the growth of easy travel and communications, the West has been able to find out more about Buddhism in this century than in all the time before. The informality and emphasis on practice of Buddhism appeals to many Westerners.
A group of Buddhist practitioners at the conclusion of a 10-day meditation retreat at in the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, Australia.
The Influence of Buddhism
Buddhist attitudes of peace, mindfulness and care for all living creatures have come to be the concern of many groups in the West. Buddhist believe that all things should be looked after: the earth, plants, birds, insects and animals. This is close to the feeling among many people in recent years that the human race should stop polluting the atmosphere and destroying the surface of the earth by cutting down forests.
Buddhism Travels West
Although the Buddha's teachings have been known in countries throughout Asia for over 2, 500 years, very few people in Europe or America would have known what the word 'Buddhist' meant unless they had been born in the last 50 years.
Over a century ago people from France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and other European countries began to travel in the Far East. Many of them returned with Eastern ideas, and so Europeans began to hear about Buddhism.
More recently, Buddhist people have moved to the West. Many of them have been refugees from conflict. Many Tibetans, for example, fled from their country after the Chinese takeover in 1959. The wars in Indochina in the 1950s and 1960s led many Vietnamese people to move to and settle in Europe, Australia and America. Other Buddhists from countries such as Thailand have established businesses in the larger Western cities. They have all brought their Buddhist beliefs to their new homes, and helped to set up Buddhist centres.
A typical scene in western countries during the construction of a centre,
Introduction of Buddhism to Europe
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Where has Buddhism spread to?
Answer Buddhism can be found in every part of the world. There are many online forums and web sites where you can locate people in your area. Answer It originated in India. It later spread to China and other countries. Here is my idea.
So far researcher believe that long ago Buddhism had spread southwards from its place of origin in north India to Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Indo-China, and other South East Asian countries. Buddhism also moved northwards into the Himalayan kingdoms, (Sikkim, Bhutan, and Nepal), Tibet, Mongolia, and other different parts of Central Asia and also into Ko…