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The Philosophy and Practice of Buddhism
A historical and philosophical exploration of Buddhism.
# 132346 | 7,500 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in History (Asian) , History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Buddhism)

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This paper explores, from a mixed historical and philosophical perspective, the transformation of Buddhism as it crossed Asia over centuries from India to Japan. The paper discusses in detail Buddhism's expansion from Tibet to Japan. The thesis will be argued that local cultures, and already existing social orders and religious traditions, had a profound impact in shaping Buddhism into the highly heterogeneous religious and philosophical system that can be seen in Asia today.

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"The philosophical and religious system known as Buddhism is ubiquitous in Asia today, as it has been for millennia. From its roots in the cultures and traditions of the Indian subcontinent around the fifth century B.C.E., Buddhism expanded through Tibet to China, to the south to Vietnam and southeast Asia, and to the north to Korea and Japan. In the course of its transmission through these distinctive countries, peoples and cultures, it ..."

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