BUDDHISM IN INDIA

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BUDDHISM IN INDIA

Buddhism is a world religion, which arose in and around the ancient Kingdom of Magadha, and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama who was deemed a "BUDDHA". Buddhism spread outside of Magadha starting in the Buddha's lifetime..


With the reign of the Buddhist Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the Buddhist community split into two branches: the Mahasamghika and the Sthaviradava, each of which spread throughout India and split into numerous sub-sects. In modern times, two major branches of Buddhism exist..


The practice of Buddhism as a distinct and organized religion lost influence after the Gupta reign , and declined from the land of its origin in around 13th century, but not without leaving a significant impact. Buddhist practice is most common and Buddhism remains a major presence in the Himalayan areas such as Sikkim, Ladakh. Buddhism has been reemerging in India since the past century, due to its adoption by many Indian intellectuals, the migration of Buddhist Tibetan exiles, and the mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Hindu Dalits.

MORE ABOUT BUDDHISM

India is the land where Buddhism originated. Lord Buddha was an Indian prince who abandoned all materialistic pleasures to find the real truth of life. His teachings today have immense significance. A whole lot of people wish to know not only about his life but also about the status of Buddhism in the country of its origin in past as well as present. Here, through this text, we have tried to trace for you the development, fall and revival of Buddhism in India, from the beginning till date. But before that, we have provided you a list of most important Buddhist attractions - states, cities, monasteries, temples, monuments, caves and festivals - of India. Details of them is essential to understand the developemnt of Buddhism in India more accurately.