Many non-Buddhist people (especially in India, Nepal and the subcontinent) try to prove that it is because of the rise of Buddhism the defense system in the subcontinent became so weak that it was defeated and ruled by outside forces for centuries. Further they claim that it is mainly because of Buddhism that poverty got rooted in the region many centuries ago.
Thus the weakness, defeat, destruction, enslavement, and therefore underdevelopment and poverty is historically attributed to the rise of Buddhism (especially because of Buddhism's prominent characteristics, as they claim: nonviolence, renunciation, anti-materialism, anti-development or anti-progress, philosophy of being satisfied with whatever you have, etc.).
What do you think about such claims against Buddhism, and how to refute them? I would appreciate your input.
Last edited by SamKR
on Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:07 am, edited 1 time in total.