Causes Leading to Decline of Buddho Dharmo in India

Why Buddhism got almost completely wiped out from its land of birth - India? The causes are many but hardly discussed in public schools, history classes or academia in India. Growing up in Calcutta, India I did not see another Buddhist kid in any of my grade school or college classes. It was that rare.
I knew a few of the top 10 reasons for the decline of Buddhism in India mentioned in this youtube. Some of the reasons are completely new to me.

Bengali culture and language was highly influenced by Buddhism. See article “The History and Heritage of the Buddhist Diffusion in Boṅgabhūmi (Land of Bengal)” . Interested to know your thoughts.

Adding a quote from Suttas as the thread was closed for a good reason.

“Kassapa, when beings are degenerating and the true Dhamma is disappearing, there are more training rules and yet fewer monks established in final gnosis. There is no disappearance of the true Dhamma as long as a counterfeit of the true Dhamma has not arisen in the world, but there is the disappearance of the true Dhamma when a counterfeit of the true Dhamma has arisen in the world. Just as there is no disappearance of gold as long as a counterfeit of gold has not arisen in the world, but there is the disappearance of gold when a counterfeit of gold has arisen in the world, in the same way there is no disappearance of the true Dhamma as long as a counterfeit of the true Dhamma has not arisen in the world, but there is the disappearance of the true Dhamma when a counterfeit of the true Dhamma has arisen in the world.”

“… these five qualities tend to the stability, the non-confusion, the non-disappearance of the true Dhamma. Which five? There is the case where the monks, nuns, male lay followers, & female lay followers live with respect, with deference, for the Teacher. They live with respect, with deference, for the Dhamma… for the Sangha… for the Training… for concentration. These are the five qualities that tend to the stability, the non-confusion, the non-disappearance of the true Dhamma.” - Saddhammapatirupaka Sutta, SN16.13 (Thanissaro)

The Buddha Dhamma would probably get wiped anywhere it exists shortly after the Buddha’s death. He had to constantly correct people while he was alive, couldn’t imagine how fast it became obscured after his death.

People need their rituals like kids need toys, otherwise life without an escape becomes too unbearable to handle.

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I feel like this is an extremely pessimistic worldview. Your assertion is clearly not true because here we are 2500 years later discussing the beauty of Buddhism. It’s been tainted but not destroyed. Scholars and monks seem to me to be very effective at separating the word of the Buddha from later commentaries in the last few decades.

As for the decline of Buddhism in India, my understanding is that the Buddha knew that knowledge of the Dhamma had an expiration date. If you take his description of our world and the human condition seriously, it makes sense that the majority would eventually succeed in destroying an ethics/kamma focused minority (even Buddhism at its height in India was of course a global minority.) People/monks today debate about the death of the “true Dhamma” but even a tarnished transmission of it can bring good results.

Sure conquest and subjugation had a significant role in its decline. But it seems to me that in a Buddhist worldview, rises and declines of Dhamma are unavoidable events. My (seriously incomplete) view of Buddhist cosmology is that existence comes into being and then goes away and only small amounts are liberated in that time, only for that cycle to begin again. It seems clear to me that over the uncountable eons, each eon gives a very small few the ability to appreciate the Dhamma, and an even smaller amount of those have the capability to achieve liberation in that time.

I’m accepting the Buddha at his word there because of his wisdom, I never implied that I had direct experience of it… You say you err on the side of integrity as opposed to the side of “arrogance” and then claim to speak for the Buddha in response to a seemingly intentional misinterpretation of what I said… I can tell we have no business communicating with each other at this point so I’m just going to leave it at that.

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It is very clearly in your best interest to not make such strong assumptions about somebody that you don’t know based on your dislike of them. You are literally criticizing my stating that I have no direct knowledge of rebirth and accepting the Buddha at his word based on the logic and wisdom of his words on everything else… How else is somebody to consider concepts like rebirth whose direct knowledge is not made available to non arahants?

Your disrespect and enmity toward me is hilariously unaligned with the Dhamma. If anyone is using it to justify their own actions here it’s clearly you. I on the other hand will always acknowledge when my emotions get the better of me, like they’re doing right now.

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It feels like this thread has veered away from the original post, but I wanted to comment on this briefly.

The Buddha would certainly not say what you are proposing. If someone had right view, he would not challenge someone to question it. At least I’m not aware of any cases where he did. Perhaps that would be worthy of a new thread.

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