History of Buddhism
The history of Buddhism is a huge subject. Not
only does it cover over 2,500 years of history, but it has spread
over time thoughout Asia and beyond. In each individual country,
the local culture tended to have a strong influence on the outer
appearance of the religious practices, and which aspects of Buddhism
were emphasized by the locals. To understand the origin of the various
schools and traditions, some insight in the history is essential.
This page is actually a link page to some pages
that deal with Buddhist history. Time allowing, I hope to gradually
expand these pages to cover more countries.
in historical context tries to briefly describe the
historical context in which Shakyamuni Buddha lived and taught his
findings to others.
The Buddhist time-line
is a brief overview of the most important events and dates in the
history of Buddhism. Of course, it is an arbitrary decision what
exactly the most important events are, but I hope it can be useful
The three Vehicles
describes the origins of and differences between the three main
streams in Buddhism; Theravada (Hinayana), Mahayana and Tantric
Buddhism in India
describes in brief the rise and demise of Buddhism in India, the
country where it all began and where Buddhism was nearly lost.
Buddhism in Tibet describes
the development of the main schools, in which the North Indian Buddhist
tantric tradition was preserved.
Buddhism in Japan
gives an overview of how most important traditions developed, mainly
based on what was imported from China.
contains - besides a huge amount of other material - a lot of detailed
information on the history of Buddhism in many different countries.
some unique studies of the development of Buddhism North from India.
Wikipedia Timeline of Buddhism is developing impressively.
brief summary of Buddhism in China is found in this article
from Wisdom Books
Buddhism in India is a brief but interesting article from Wisdom
Triratna.info contains very interesting
lineage information of Buddhist schools
History does not repeat itself - historians merely repeat each
September 11, 2011