Why did Buddhism decline in India?

There are several factors that led to the decline of Buddhism in India. Some of them are as follows:

  • The decline of the Gupta Empire led to the end of state patronage to Buddhism
  • Buddhism in India was a monastic movement. As such it lost support of its lay supporters.
  • Corruption of the Buddhist monastic order contributed to its decline in India as the monasteries became wealthy enough to not adhere to the core teachings of the Buddha

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