Buddhism is a religion that started in India , in 500 B.C. . Siddhartha Gautama, known as Buddha and the creator of Buddhism started buddhism when he was meditating because he wanted to understand the universe. So Siddhartha meditated over night, and when he woke, his mind was calm and quiet, and all his questions got answers. That's when he became Buddha .
How Buddhism Spread
Hinduism and Buddhism were both started in India. They are both very old religions that started years ago. The two religions were both spread throughout India from two different reasons . One important thing that they both share and believe in is dharma and karma.
Where Buddhism Spread to
There are more differences than similarities that Buddhism and Hinduism share. Like Hinduism has multiple gods, Vinshu, Shiva, and Brahma. Buddhism has only one god , Buddha. Hinduism has the book of belief called vedas for life guidance, and Buddhism has the 4 Noble Truth , the Eightfold Path , and the middle way for life guidance. There are so much more differences !
What Buddhism Teaches
Buddhism spread by the merchants walking on the silk road, monks, and missionaries. A king Ashoka converted Buddhism , and sent monks and nuns far away to spread the practice to people.
Because the monks, nuns, missionaries, and merchants went far out to spread Buddhism to everyone, at one point it spread across the world. The main and first places it spread to and is practiced the most is China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia (plus India).
Buddhist followers separated into two schools. One school in Southeast Asia is Theravada Buddhism. The other school is in China, Northeast Asia called Mahayana Buddhism. Buddhism all together teaches to have an enlightened compassion state of mind. Another thing is : We're born into the world, not realizing how much suffering it contains enable to fully comprehend the misfortune, sickness and death will come to us too. As we grow older, this reality often feels, over whelming and we may seek to avoid it all together, But the Buddhist teaching remind us of the importance of facing suffering directly. We must do our best to liberate ourselves from the grip of our own desires. And recognize that suffering can be viewed as part of our common connection with spearing us to compassion and gentleness