CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction 2. India and the Buddhist People 3. Buddhism in Myanmar 4. Buddhism in Sri Lanka 5. Buddhism in Thailand
In the past many scholars and thinkers have sought to discover some deep-rooted factor common to all of medieval Japanese Buddhism, especially in the case of the "Kamakura Neo-Buddhist" sects. For example, Suzuki Daisetsu (1870-1966), who made an outstanding contribution to the introduction in the West of Oriental thought-particularly Zen-termed this common factor "Japanese Spirituality awakened to itself. Buddhism is also a belief system which is tolerant of all other beliefs or religions. Buddhism agrees with the moral teachings of other religions but Buddhism goes further by providing a long term purpose within our existence, through wisdom and true understanding. Real Buddhism is very tolerant and not concerned with labels like 'Christian', 'Moslem', 'Hindu' or 'Buddhist'; that is why there have never been any wars fought in the name of Buddhism. That is why Buddhists do not preach and try to convert, only explain if an explanation is sought.