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The Spread of Buddhism


Arts and Humanities

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9th Grade , 10th Grade , 11th Grade , 12th Grade


This lesson assumes that students have already been introduced to the basic ideas of Buddhism and have some background about the various regions in Asia. This lesson uses Buddhist art to trace the spread of Buddhism in Asia. Students will study and compare and contrast famous Buddhist art and Buddhist sites in Asia, noting differences they see in the images. These differences can help students realize how Buddhist art reflects local values as it spreads. In the process, students will generalize on how ideas change and adapt as they travel from one place to another.

This lesson is one in a series developed in collaboration with The Asia Society, with support from the Freeman Foundation, highlighting the geography and culture of Asia and its people.

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The Spread of Buddhism

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