Buddhism From India And China

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“In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast.” -Gautama Buddha. In 2010 the Pew research center found that the Buddhism religion was being practice by four hundred eighty eight million people around the world. Buddhism’s history date back to the first century, but Buddhism’s popularity then was not as popular that it is today to the millions of devotee’s practicing. This research paper will argue how Buddhism from India spread to China by using the Silk Road as a critical bridge and also for change and continuity for the religion that came from India and traveled to China. Buddhism is a religion that is based on teachings it does not have a single God or many gods that are typical found in most religions such as Christianity or Hinduism. Buddhism is a different religion because “All Buddhist practices are ways of developing virtues that entails the non-harming of other beings and a generosity of heart; The purpose of all these practices of virtue, kindness, non-harming, generosity, concentration, steadiness of mind, and the understanding and wisdom that arises, is to bring us to freedom.” This shows that Buddhism is not about violence, merit, good deeds or bad deeds rather Buddhism is about yourself and how you can become better by helping others and also making the world a better place as well. Buddha preached more about self-realization because he knew that is why people suffer their thoughts are more of desires rather then looking within them
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