Spread Of Buddhism In Asia Essay

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Since the Buddha’s enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in central India, Buddhism has spread across the internals of India transcending Southern Asia and on to capturing the minds of those in China (in addition to stirring up a good deal of controversy) and Eastern Asia such as Japan. Buddhism’s spread over Asia has lead significantly to its various forms of practice and branches of practice. Such as mainly Hinayana and Mahayana. Mahayana has then itself become more a mainstream form of Buddhism; from there Buddhism has branched out even more. However, up until recently Buddhism’s spread has mostly been restricted to regions in Asia where residents are familiar with Buddhist-like concepts such as the idea of reincarnation. Near the late 1800’s Buddhism begins it’s spread into Western regions of the world such as the United States. These …show more content…
A key concept to dependent origination is the idea that all causes and conditions “lack the intrinsic being of their own” (Prebish & Keown 48). An example of dependent-origination can be a list of stages as to what gives possible causation to the other which details how suffering and entrapment of samsara arise from cravings and ignorance (Prebish & Keown 49). In addition, dependent-origination gives rise to the doctrine of no-self. An additional concept essential to Buddhism. This doctrine provides information on the Buddhist perspective of the body which is itself an aggregation of five components. These five aggregates reveal for one that there is no eternal and everlasting soul or component of the body and since we comprise simply of these constant shifting aggregates “suffering will sooner or later arise.” (Prebish & Keown 56). When referring to the basic characteristics of Buddhism we are in fact referring to these values as they appear at the core of Buddhist

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