Influence of Buddhism
Buddhism had a good effect in many countries. It was a religion of peace. Buddhists did not attack members of other religions. The main aim of Buddhism was to show each person how to lead a better life.
As a result of the influence of Buddhism, rulers and people built temples, schools, monasteries, roads, bridges, hospitals, universities and parks. Buddhism helped improve education. Monks could teach people about mathematics building, farming, medicine and other subjects. Buddhist monks travelled to other countries and helped to spread knowledge. Some Buddhist monks were famous scholars and teachers.
Buddhism also improved life for people in some countries. For example, Buddhism offered a better life to the untouchables in India. The untouchables were outcasts who did not have any status in society. Buddhism helped them because it taught that al people, whether nobles or untouchables, are equal and should help and love each other as brothers. Buddhism also asked people to work hard, to be honest and not to tell lies. Buddhist rulers such as Asoka and Emperor Shomu of Japan were good to their people.
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