Buddhism Around the World
Even though the Buddha didn’t set out to found a religion, many religions developed in the centuries after his life and death. As the teachings moved from their home in Northern India to China, Tibet, Southeast Asia, and beyond they combined with the cultures, religions, and customs of the host country. Each time Buddhism moved, it became something else—still retaining the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths. Buddhism moved to America in the early 20th century and began to take root. The American form of Buddhism is secular and has found its most powerful expression in the mindfulness movement that started with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Now, everyone can partake in the power of meditation.