2500 Years of Buddhism

G. P. Malalasekera
World Fellowship of Buddhists
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Any account of the origin and spread of Buddhism however brief it is, must inevitably cover vast expanses both of time and of space. It is full of fascination, even of romance, for it is the story of a movement which had very small beginnings and grew to encompass the wide world in its Scope, influencing the lives of one fifth of the whole human race. The range of Buddhism is enormous; in time it covers two thousand five hundred years. Its range of subject is no less vast; it can rightly claim to be the most comprehensive and profound system of spiritual achievement known to history.