Buddhism Countries, Sites, History

Buddha statue in South Korea

1. Korean Buddhism Korean Buddhism is distinguished from other forms of Buddhism by its attempt to resolve what it sees as inconsistencies in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Early Korean monks believed that the traditions they received from foreign countries were internally inconsistent. To address this, they developed a new holistic approach to Buddhism. This approach is characteristic of virtually all major Korean thinkers, and has resulted in

Buddhism in Vietnam | History

1. Buddhism in Vietnam Buddhism in Vietnam ( Dao Phat or Phat Giao in Vietnamese), as practised by the ethnic Vietnamese, is mainly of the Mahāyāna tradition. Buddhism may have first come to Vietnam as early as the 3-2 nd century BCE from the Indian subcontinent or from China in the 1-2 nd century CE . Vietnamese Buddhism has had a syncretic relationship with certain

Amida Buddha statue, Japan

Buddhism in Japan Buddhism in Japan has been practiced since its official introduction in 552 CE from Baekje , Korea, by Buddhist monks, according to the Nihon Shoki ( Chronicles of Japan ). Buddhism has had a major influence on the development of Japanese society and remains an influential aspect of the culture to this day. In modern times, Japan's popular schools of Buddhism are

Buddhism in Cambodia | History

1. Buddhism in Cambodia Buddhism in Cambodia has existed since at least the 5 th century : In its earliest form it was a type of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Today, the predominant form of Buddhism in Cambodia is Theravāda Buddhism : It is enshrined in the Cambodian constitution as the official religion of the country. Theravāda Buddhism has been the Cambodian state religion since the 13

Buddhism in Laos

1. Buddhism in Laos Buddhism is the primary religion of Laos. The Buddhism practiced in Laos is of the Theravāda tradition. Lao Buddhism is a unique version of Theravāda Buddhism and is at the basis of ethnic Lao culture. Buddhism in Laos is often closely tied to animist beliefs and belief in ancestral spirits , particularly in rural areas. However, Laos is a multi-ethnic country

Buddha in Amarbayasgalant Monastery

1. Buddhism in Mongolia Buddhism in Mongolia derives much of its recent characteristics from Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelug and Kagyu lineages, but is distinct and presents its own unique characteristics. Buddhism in Mongolia began with the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) emperors' conversion to Tibetan Buddhism . The Mongols returned to shamanic traditions after the collapse of the Mongol Empire , but Buddhism re-emerged in the

Svayambhu Stupa, Nepal

1. Buddhism in Nepal Buddhism in Nepal started spreading since the reign of Aśoka through Indian and Tibetan missionaries. The Kir ātas were the first people in Nepal who embraced Gautama Buddha ’s teachings, followed by the Licchavis and Newars . Buddha was born in Lumbini in the Śākya Kingdom . Lumbini is considered to lie in present-day Rupandehi district , Lumbini zone of Nepal

Buddhism in Bhutan

1. Buddhism in Bhutan Buddhism is the most widely practiced religion in Bhutan : Vajrayāna Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan, and Buddhists comprise 2/3 to 3/4 and Hinduism 1/4 of its population. Although the Buddhism practiced in Bhutan originated in Tibetan Buddhism , it differs significantly in its rituals, liturgy, and monastic organization. The state religion has long been supported financially by the

Buddhism in Taiwan | History

1. Buddhism in Taiwan | History Scholars can document the existence of Buddhism in Taiwan only from the migration of Chinese fleeing to the island after their failure to restore the fallen Ming dynasty in 1662 . The “ Southern Ming ” court ruled Taiwan until the Qing dynasty captured the island in 1683 . The subsequent history of Buddhism in Taiwan falls into 3

Buddhism in Taiwan

1. Buddhism in Taiwan Buddhism is one of the major religions of Taiwan . Taiwanese people predominantly practice Mahāyāna Buddhism , Confucian principles, local practices and Daoist tradition. Roles for religious specialists from both Buddhist and Daoist traditions exist on special occasions such as for childbirth and funerals. Of these, a smaller number identify more specifically with Chinese Buddhist teachings and institutions, without necessarily eschewing