Northern Frontiers of Buddhism


Benoy K. Behl


Buddhist Heritage of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kalmykia, Tibet, China, Mongolia and Siberia on the Soviet-Afghan Frontier

Ideas have spread across tremendous mountains, vast oceans, and national boundaries in the history of mankind, according to one of its apparent wonders. The pleasant reception of ideas.

From all corners of the earth, it emphasizes the vast similarity in human nature and objectives everywhere. The spread of Buddhism from the Indian subcontinent to many Asian countries is one of the most spectacular manifestations of philosophical and artistic ideas’ global dispersion. (We must keep in mind that these concepts traveled entirely without the use of a sword.)

Buddhism has a powerful vision of the world’s continuous harmony. This faith, with its message of love, quickly spread across the continent and influenced society. This is a culture built on peace and kindness that endures even in this age of materialism.

Buddhism has had a long history in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and other Central Asian countries. It was both the Theravada and Mahayana orders that traveled far and wide throughout this region.

The Upanishads, which were written from the 8th century BCE until about 500 CE, are regarded as one of the first recorded Indian religious texts. The idea of samsara, maya and mithya, and the illusionary nature of our material world around us was formalized in the Upanishads by the 8th or 9th century BCE. The primary aim in life was to be able to see through the veils of deception to a timeless reality. Buddhas (enlightened ones) and Tirthankaras (victors over death) were terms used to describe individuals who had achieved this goal.

Vajrayana Buddhism was founded in the first millennium CE at major universities in Eastern India and Kashmir. It is said to be as flawless and indestructible as a diamond, while also having the power of a thunderbolt. Its aim is to free us from our bonds and blind ignorance by striking with the might of a clap of thunder. This kind of Buddhism travelled to Tibet, Mongolia, Buryatia, and Kalmykia before arriving in Russia.

The idea of life and way dominated Sri Lankan, Burmese, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Indonesian culture for the next two thousand years.

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