The Geography of Buddhism
Good maps of places significant to the history of Buddhism are a joy.
A perfect example is Buddha’s India.
Ānandajoti Bhikkhu (of Ancient Buddhist Texts) has very informative Maps of Ancient Buddhist Asia (Ancient Buddhist Texts). They supplement his 7 part, YouTube discussion of (among other things) the Geography of Buddhism:
- The Background to the Buddha’s Teaching (52:24)
The Geographical, Social, Political, and Religious Factors
- 1. The Early Life of the Buddha (1:15:31)
Based on Mahākhandhaka (Vin. Mv. 14)
- 2. The Last Year of the Buddha’s Life (1:21:02)
- 3. Asoka and the Missions (1:06:21)
- 4. The Spread of Buddhist Civilisation through Asia (1:08:26)
- The Planes of Existence (1:17:43)
- Buddhist Cosmology: Devolution and Evolution (50:12)
Bimala Churn Law 1932 – The Geography of Early Buddhism (Ancient Buddhist Texts) is an early text that tried to fill in the many geographical blanks.
Around 10,000 photographs of Buddhist archeological sites, pilgrimage centres, and temples in SE Asia, as well as Videos, Maps, Posters, etc. Please feel free to use the photographs to make more works with them, in accordance with the Creative Commons license on the page where you find them.
Finally, for a global map of Theravada Dhammayut temples with addresses and contact information, see templemap.org. It has a massive collection of data; however, browse there at your own risk as Google Safe Browsing has issued the following report:
The site http://templemap.org/index.php/article/145-asoka-buddhavihar-temple contains harmful content, including pages that send visitors to harmful websites.