The Presence Of Buddhism And Classical India Essay

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During this course we have learned about events from the past in which people from diverse cultures have interacted through a wide range of encounters. These encounters have resulted in experiences that have served as the backbone to many establishments, customs and methods that have become the way of “doing” world history. Ultimately these deeply embedded encounters have inspired the societies we live in today. Although different societies were built on different foundations, I believe the interactions that people have had pertaining to religion were very practical to understanding world history as a whole. I understood the encounters taken place in Classical India, to Ancient Greece and to Ancient Rome to have a profound effect in forming their societies.

The presence of Buddhism in Classical India was an iconic part of India’s early history and influenced the rest of the world through expansion. Surely after returning from Bodh Gaya, Gautama returned as the “enlightened one” and sought out to spread Buddhism, as we know it today. The interactions he made occurred when he and his followers traveled throughout India to expand the doctrine. Eventually, the Mauryan Dynasty adopted the beliefs and became firm supporters of Buddhism. During the same time in history, interactions played an important role in the development of stupas, which were designated sanctuaries for people from all over to connect and practice their religion together (Bentley, page 186). Due to these…

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