With its origin in India, Buddhism is considered as the 4th largest religion on the world. Siddhartha Gautama – a warrior prince living from 566 to 480 B.C – was known as a person who founded Buddhism. Truly, at that time, he was very tired of his princely life. Therefore, he decided to renounce his luxurious life to find the truth and meaning of the life. He did not hesitate to spend many years of hard penance to seek liberation from the material values of life. Interestingly, after several years of hard penance under a Bodhi tree, he finally achieved an epiphany, and then he was known as “Buddha” – Enlightened One. After that, he spent time in traveling around India in order to impart the wise knowledge he had obtained. These days, Buddhism is described as one of the most popular religions practiced by everyone all over the world. Now, read this article and take a glance of some countries where Buddhism has left its impact and imprint.
China is considered as the home of 100 million Buddhists. During the 20th century, Buddhism seemed to be destroyed in China. Temples and monasteries have been rebuilt in the recent past. The significant Buddhist sects in China are mainly the widespread Pure Land sect, the Ch’an Men (Zen in Japan) and the T’ien T’ai. Buddhism has played an important role in shaping the Chinese’s mindset that affects their politics, literature, philosophy, etc.
China – the home of 100 million Buddhists
At the present time, Buddhism is one of the main world religions. After being mostly wiped out of India – the area of Buddhism’s origin, Buddhism began to revive in 1891 based on the establishment of the Mohabodhi Society. In 1956, Buddhism received another boost once Dr.B.R. Ambedkar – an excellent chief architect of the India’s constitution – converted to Buddhism coupled with dozens of his followers. Nowadays, there are 4 million Buddhists in India.
India – the place of Buddhism’s origin
Truly, Buddhism in Indonesia has an old and long history, along with a wide range of relics dated from its early years at this country. Buddhism is described as one of the six large religions in Indonesia, coupled with Islam, Christianity (Protestantism and Catholicism), Confucianism and Hinduism.
In this country, only 1 % of Indonesians follow Buddhism these days, and most of them are ethnic Chinese.
Indonesia – 1% of Indonesians follow Buddhism
Buddhism has had a primary impact on the development and culture of Japan over the centuries. It is sure that Buddhism has always thrived in Japan. Approximately 84 % of the Japanese practice both Buddhism and Shinto. There are several Buddhism sects in Japan, and rituals and other practices will certainly differ from sect to sect. It is supposed that Zen is the major religion here, with approximately 3.32 million registered adherents.
Japan – a place with several Buddhism sects
Most of the Thai people (about 94.6%) have followed Theravada Buddhism, and this country has a wealthy Buddhist temples. Interestingly, these temples in this country are often characterized by the tall golden Stupas. If you find out Thailand carefully, it is easy to recognize that the national flag is said to have the symbol of Buddhism. Lots of people here are encouraged to join in the monasteries by their families.
Thailand – an area of spreading of Theravada Buddhism