During its 2,500 years of existence, Buddhism has grown to be incredibly varied, yet beautifully linked
no matter where it has taken root. From elusive relics in the desserts of Central Asia, to temple kitchens in
South Korea, cultures the world over have adapted the Buddha’s Living Messages to fit the uniqueness of
their daily lives. Explore the presence of Buddhism in the modern world, its history, where it was once strong,
and where it is growing in strength today. Look closely and you will see Buddhist teachings reflected in all
aspects of its followers’ lives.
Each of these 13 episodes explores another culture and place where Buddhism has found a following,
whether in present day or the past. Witness how each culture adapts and interprets the Buddha’s teachings,
and even how the religion’s philosophies shape the societies, environment and spirit of the nation. Buddhism’s
prominence has experienced highs and lows, like a river, but it remains strong today, now more than ever
finding its place in almost every corner of the globe.
Buddhism is over 2,500 years old and has inspired a stunning spectrum of cultures over the centuries.
The more you study its history, the more you see that no matter the traditions formed, nor the location, the
faith of all Buddhists is beautifully linked by the religion’s underlying principles.