• It started in Northern India around 500-600 BCE, then moved to China, all of India, on to Southeast Asia (Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, etc.,) and Japan. In the 20th century it began spreading to the West (U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia mainly).
  • "For centuries, Buddhism has been the dominant religion of the Eastern world. Today it remains the predominant religion in China, Japan, Korea, and much of southeast Asia. With the rise of the Asian population in the U.S., Buddhism has made a tremendous impact in the United States. Presently, there are over 300,000 Buddhists in the U.S. It remains the dominant religion in the state of Hawaii and many prominent Americans have accepted this religion, including the former governor of California, Jerry Brown." Taken from- Alateas' answer on 'I've heard that Buddhism isn't a religion, it's a way of life. Is this true?' She answered this question in this other post.

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