The history of Buddhism spans from the 6th century BCE to the
present, starting with the birth of the Buddha Siddharta Gautama.
This makes it one of the oldest religions practiced today. Throughout
this period, the religion evolved as it encountered various countries
and cultures, adding to its original Indian foundation Hellenistic as
well as Central Asian, East Asian and Southeast Asian cultural
elements. In the process, its geographical extent became considerable
so as to affect at one time or another most of the Asian continent.
The history of Buddhism is also characterized by the development of
numerous movements and schisms, foremost among them the Theravada,
Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions, punctuated by contrasting periods
of expansion and retreat.
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