Buddhism And Its Impact On The World

2122 Words Dec 15th, 2016 9 Pages
Buddhism, currently the fourth largest religion in the world, started very small then spread to different places, different cultures, overtime, as illustrated in a documentary about the start of Buddhism. The high popularity for this religion is attributed in part upon belief and spirituality as opposed to worshiping a god (or gods). Although it began in India, c. 500 BCE, it needed a medium to travel all over the World. The Silk Road provided the Medium that Buddhism needed to spread to China. Buddhism spread to China by merchants, monks, and pilgrims using the Silk Road. Buddhism, without the Silk Road, would not have reached to China the way it had, with such an impact, as the Silk Road is what provided a majority of the travellers a way between destinations.
Buddhism began with the life of Buddha c. 500 BCE, and how people started to follow his teachings and practices in hopes of reaching a state of enlightenment. While originally a prince, born on the edge of current day India and Nepal, Buddha made a decision to leave his life of luxuries. By leaving all materialistic wants and desires, the Buddha’s goal was to reach spiritual enlightenment. He encouraged others to follow his ways. Buddha’s teaching included ideas such as the Four Noble Truths, which are the basic foundation for teachings in Buddhism. The Four Noble Truths describe suffering, often opening others eyes the the reality in which we live. Suffering exists, with reasons behind it, though suffering can end,…
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