The Spread of BuddhismThere are an enumerable number of Buddhist belief systems. After the death ofSiddhartha Gautama, Buddhism quickly begins to spread across Asia. 1.It promised a practical end to suffering! oThe Middle Way 2.The Doctrine of Skillful Means oUpaya: skillful or expedient oIs introduced in the Lotus SuttaExpound the dharma according to the capcities of sentient beings. A good Buddha uses provisional language in order to lead people. oWhat works for one person to move towards enlightenment may not necessarilywork for another. The goal is to find the most effective means for a particular student toachieve enlightenment. oDon’t get too attached to your teachings. Analogy of crossing a river with a raft: Don't carry the raft with you. In zen: If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him! Don’t get attached to the teacher either. 3.Minimal Initial Metaphysical Structure oWe shouldn't waste our time bickering about the nature of reality.