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Why Is There Hardly Any Practicing Buddhists In India, The Birth Place Of The Buddha?

Postby Marlowe » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:40 pm

To some extent it is because of political reasons. Buddhism's birth place is india, but spread across Asia And prevalent even to day. The contemporary of Buddhism is Jainism, Which remained in India and still existent, has got many followers. The other reason is The major religion of India, the Hinduism has got a peculiar quality, That it would assimilate other religions, which are threatening the existence of It, in to it. The hinduism create a myth, or a Purana, that The entire religion and the founder himself is a manifestation of one of the many gods of Hinduism. The Hinduism made attempts to show lord Jesus as one of the manifestations of a god of Hinduism. Jainism or Buddhism are present day not different religions In the minds of people but part and parcel of Hinduism with different traditions and customs. Hindus has got a peculiar habit, You say right or wrong, They don't mind Prostrating in front of any god. You just say it is god, they start offering ablutions and prayers. What they say HE or SHE or IT may come to their rescue because they prayed them too many times. Finally what i want to say is Under the shadow of a vast tree hardly any other small bushes or trees survive, but scions of the same tree.
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Postby acair » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:42 pm

there are quite many. but yes, a very small population. Goenka is a very famous Buddhist and meditation teacher.
http://drbamvamt.org/CONFFEB.pdf
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Postby Berwynn » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:44 pm

Hindus gradually suppressed the religion, as they did before Xuan Zang came to retrieve the Tripitaka.
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Postby Regenweald » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:45 pm

well you can ask this also about Christianity. only something like 10% of the Palestinians living in the holly land are Christians, the rest are Muslims. for most of history Christians lived in Europe

who knows why a religion is successful in one place and not the other
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Postby rowyn » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:47 pm

Emperor Ashoka had spread the word all over the world around 250 BC. The seventh descendent of Ashoka called Brihadaratha was killed by his Hindu upper priest caste commander called Pushyamitra Sunga and took throne by force. He hated Buddhists. He ordered killing of top Buddhist monks @ 100 gold coins and banished many all over India. His killings converted many Buddhists to Hinduism . He ordered destruction of thousands of Buddhist shrines , statues & places of worship. Thus Buddhism was severely smashed up.


In 550 AD another Hindu upper priest caste preacher called Adi Shankaraya incited mobs to capture Buddhist shrines . The hatred he incited caused mob killings of many many Buddhists in India and Buddhism was decimated.

Then came the final blow with the arrival of Muslims . When a Muslim invader reached the Buddhist Nalanda university in Bihar ,the state where Buddha preached , they thought that there was a big treasure there , so they killed all monks there but all they could find there were books of Buddha's teachings.

So Buddhism was almost decimated by Hindus in the name of atheism and Muslims for worship of statues.


Interestingly when British colonized India , they unearthed several Buddhist artifacts including Buddha's bones.


Around 1947 India was independent and one of the India's scholars and visionaries Dr. Ambedkar who belonged to low caste people hated by Hindus , decided to convert and taught the low caste people not to be subject to tyranny of hindu upper caste and started the movement of conversion from Hindu to Buddhism.
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Postby Hesutu » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:50 pm

Muslims drove them out. One of India's kingdoms was Buddhist at one time. Most of the exiles went to modern day Tibet
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Postby Aahwaanith » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:53 pm

Many head removing Muslims moved in and took over.
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Postby cinneide » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:57 pm

We don't know why Buddhism declined within the last half of of the first millenium ad. By the time the Muslims commenced conquering India in the twelfth century, the quantity of monasteries had severely declined. Buddhism, which as soon as had unfold across the face of India, was a central drive only within the areas of its origins. Students feel that the monasteries grew to become indifferent from day-to-day existence in India. After centuries of patronage, the monasteries had accumulated a wealth of endowments. Lifestyles within the monasteries was very good. So the monasteries grew to become very selective in admitting monks to the brotherhood. For the daily Indian, Buddhism more and more grew to become indistinguishable from Hinduism, which had passed through a transformation itself. The traditional Hindu idea of Buddha as a god amongst their gods; we discover numerous indications that Buddha used to be worshipped with the aid of Hindus as every other god. Actually, Hinduism ultimately construed Buddha as a manifestation, or avatar , of the god Vishnu (Krishna is one more avatar of Vishnu). Finally, the Buddhists lived in separate communities; Buddhism wasn't an crucial part of every day existence in India, such because the rituals associated with Hinduism. When the Muslims started out their conquest of India in 1192, they energetically set about attempting to transform the areas to Islam. Part of this conversion method involved suppressing indigenous religions. When you consider that Hinduism used to be so essentially part of Indian life, they didn't achieve suppressing it. But when they destroyed the Buddhist monasteries and both achieved or drove out the Buddhist monks, there used to be no-one left to take up the faith. From 1192 to the ultra-modern, Buddhism
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