When Did Buddhism Start?
When did Buddhism originate?
Buddhism, greatly modified and altered, it is true, dates from the seventh century before our own era ; and prevails at the present day in Kashmir, Nepal, Tibet, Tartary (A vast region of eastern Europe and northern Asia controlled by the Mongols in the 13th and 14th centuries, extending as far east as the Pacific Ocean under the rule of Genghis Khan), Mongolia, Japan, a great part of China, the kingdom of Anam (Annam - Chinese province), Burmah (Myanmar), and the Island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The Buddha was born in the year 622 B.C., and died in 543 at eighty years of age, after having taught his doctrine in Magadha (actually Behar), a region of Central India, in the neighbourhood of Benares, on the right bank of the Ganges.
Buddhism was an attempt to reform the religion of Brahma, in the midst of which it arose, and by which it was finally expelled from India after centuries of somewhat contemptuous tolerance. But the doctrines which had but momentarily triumphed in the countries that had seen their birth, spread over the neighbouring countries, with a success that still continues and seems likely to last.
When did Buddhism start? - When did Buddhism originate?
Text adapted from 'The Buddha and His Religion'
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The Dharma Wheel
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Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is a Japanese Buddhist
chant based upon the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren Daishonin (Feb 16, 1222 – Oct
13, 1282) a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333)
in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in
Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of
Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching.
Various schools with diverging interpretations of Nichiren's teachings comprise