Buddhism

Much like Hinduism, Buddhism is not a closed religion, nor is it one single homogenized religion, yet its practices are closed if one is not Buddhist. Buddhism is believed to have started around 500bc, and for this reason, Buddhism is complex and its history too vast to cover in any single page, so know that the religion and practices vary greatly based on many factors such as location, date, and personal attachment to the practices. Buddhism started in India when a man known as Gautama The Buddha left his station as prince to reach spiritual awakening and once he did so, he devoted the rest of his life to teaching what he had learned. But this isn’t what people of today would call Buddhism, as what he taught was the concept of Dharma. After he died, his followers created a council to continue his teachings and spread them around the country, causing the spread of Buddhist ideas and interest in the religion grew. Over time, the religion grew wide enough for the ideas to clash, causing conflicts within the order, each one of the disciples and sub groups interpreting Buddhism in their own way; leading to an evolution. Through oral tradition and around four hundred years of pilgrimages, Buddhism left India and embedded itself in the cultures of many surrounding nations, Thailand being one of the most famous Buddhist countries.

It was around the 1200’s when India was invaded and the nation became mostly Muslim and Hindu. Because of this, Buddhism all but died out for the most part in India, but it expanded greatly in places like Thailand, China, and Tibet, with Buddhism making a comeback in India in the 1800’s.

Concepts from Buddhism that are often not done outside of Buddhism include: The concept of Zen, Mandalas, and Karma (Landaw, 2019).

Link to Chakras page

Landaw, Jonathan, et al. Buddhism for Dummies, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2019. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/ferrisstate/detail.action?docID=5845503.