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A glance on Buddhism in Afghanistan and its approaches for Peace and Non-Violence

By: Mirza Ahmad Ebrahimi

Buddhism is one of the world’s largest religions and originated thousands of years ago in India, which is founded on the teachings of Gautama Buddha. Buddhists believe that the human life is one of suffering, and that meditation, spiritual and physical labor, and good behavior are the ways to achieve enlightenment, or nirvana.The goal of Buddhism is to overcome suffering caused by desire and ignorance of reality, true nature, including impermanence ( annica ) and non-existence of the self ( abatta ). At present Buddhism is practiced and followed in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, China, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Bhutan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Tibetan, Mongolia and other parts of the world. 

Buddhism in Afghanistan

Historically, until the early 2nd millennium, Buddhism was widely practiced in Afghanistan and it also had a foothold to some extent in other places including the…

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