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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Why Buddhism Prospered in Asia but Died in India.

There is a fascinating article on "The Buddhist Channel" about Buddhism in India (or lack thereof). I have often wondered why Buddhism failed to survive in the very country where it originated.

The story that unfolds describes a perfect storm that developed against Indian Buddhism. It's an epic history of Moghul invasion, Hindu persecution and a split within Buddhism itself. A saga that is captivating, insightful and perfect for a film adaptation. Click on this sentence to read the full article at "The Buddhist Channel."

~I bow to the Buddha within all beings~

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11 comments:

Unknown said...

Read this article with caution. It was written by a free-lance writer with no particular academic or scholarly background in the subject. There are many glaring errors and erroneous assumptions.
Chuck Nuckles, PhD

BM said...

Thank you for introducing the Buddhist Channel site and the article. :)

Madhu said...

Half way through the article I realized it was written by a Sinhala nationalist Buddhist, I checked the name and I was correct in my assumption. He has re written Indian history to suit his theory, and I found the article more political than of any Buddhist value.

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Anonymous said...

Extremely Captivating ! Thumbs up for the author! One of the best article I have seen so far.

Sourabh Tandon said...

Hinduism and Buddhism have the same roots in Sanatan Dharma, and fundamentally they are the same.

The distinction between Hinduism and Buddhism is artificial and has been created by special interest groups to create a division between Hindus and Buddhists. Imagine what we can do together if we are united!

Deanne said...

Something interesting that I read about the fall of Buddhism in India had to do with financial reasons. The country could not afford thousands of monasteries containing thousands of monks in each who had shut themselves away from society and all that living in society implies....mainly work and production. While it is certainly a lovely idea to live this way, someone had to support all of these monks.

Not sure if this is the truth, but it makes sense.

Tibet Treks said...

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Shantipur Arunyo Kutir said...

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Rahul Ingle said...

13Mr. Sourabh Tandon,

Your judgement that Hinduism and Buddhism is same is very wrong. Hinduism's very fundamentals are based on the roots of inequality (Brahmin are the ones who are born from the head of Brahma and Shudra born from the feet). Buddhism, on the other hand, stands on the strong principles of kindness, compassion & equality.

Cat Man said...

Personally, I believe that the reason why Buddhism prospered in Asia but died in India is because of the merits of the inhabitants of India being not enough in comparison to the Asian countries. Also, it has been prophesied by Buddha Shakyamuni that Buddhism will spread north to the land of the red faced man (Tibet). Even so, the current Tibetan Government In Exile is in India. So, I guess that the declination is not really happening in India. Also, Buddhism is growing around the world. Especially in the west.

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