Establishment of the Mahasanghika School

The establishment of the Mahasanghika school arose in the fourth century BCE emphasizing the transcendent nature and infinite purity of the Buddha, attributing his earthly life as Siddhartha Gautama to an illusion. Adopting more lenient monastic rules, introducing revised interpretations of Buddhist teachings leading to the Mahayana Buddhism that took hold in China, Korea, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan, and Vietnam. Theravada Buddhism, the “doctrine of the elders,” followed in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.

      375 BCE
      Siddhartha Gautama
      Sri Lanka, India

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