Within a few centuries of the death of the Buddha, the study and practice of Buddhism spread throughout Asia. Today Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world. By examining developments among the small community of Buddhists soon after Gautama's death, we can learn how Buddhism spread and changed.
Destination Title: An Introduction to Buddhism
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Start at the Introduction to Buddhism Web site.
- Scroll down and click on The History of Buddhism.
- Read the article, taking notes as you go. Click on other links to find out more about the life of the Buddha and Buddhist practices.
After you have read the information, answer the following questions.