The spread of Buddhism
In India, Buddhism continued for over a thousand years before it almost disappeared. During Buddha’s time (520–480 BCE) it was most successful in the north-east of the country and was one of the many sects flourishing at that time. What was special about it was that it appealed to all castes. Buddha said that virtue, not birth, makes a man ‘spiritual’ or ‘brahman’. Buddha’s second caste of nobles or kshatriyas were enthusiastic converts.
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