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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 53. How has Buddhism been Influenced by Other Religious Traditions?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40793


Although the questions I am addressing use the term “religion” to refer to Buddhism and those it has encountered, its use is problematic. With this in mind, what I intend to convey through these questions is twofold: (1) that Buddhism itself is a diverse tradition that has encountered a kaleidoscope of influential individuals and groups, advocating competing views and ways of life; and (2) that Buddhism has been shaped and influenced by its
interactions with others, while also shaping and influencing those it has encountered.

Chapter Contributors

  • Sophie Barker ( - sbarker) 'Lancaster University'