Sanskrit is considered to be the oldest language of the gods, as it is made up of the primordial sounds. Today, Sanskrit is the classical language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. #Sanskrit #Buddhism
Most historians agree that Buddhism originated in northern India in the 5th century B.C.E. The tradition traces its origin to Siddhartha Gautama (or Gotama), who is typically referred to as the Buddha (literally the "Awakened" or "Enlightened One").
While Buddhism in its Asian homelands can be conservative, convert Buddhists in the West are generally liberal, both socially and politically. Whether this is an accident of history or a natural reflection of the Buddhist teachings, Buddhist communities embrace diversity and work against sexism and racism.
Buddhism The First Millennium Author: Daisaku Ikeda Translator: Burton Watson Buddhism The First Millennium begins with the events immediately following the dark days after the death of Shakyamuni and continuing over a period of 1,000 years, this dynamic tome covers a vast and complex series of events and developments in the history of Buddhism. Through a thorough examination of its early development in India, a new light is cast on little-known aspects of Buddhist history and its relevance…