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When and where did Buddhism originate and how many schools did it split into?

The Buddha was born about 2,500 years ago in the foothills of the Himalayas, in a small Kingdom Kapilavastu, north of India then. It is now Nepal. His teachings is identified as Buddhism. After his death (nirvana), over time and due to the influences of cultures, the discoveries of more sutras (the Buddha's discourses), the various expansions of his ideology, Buddhism split into two major groups, the Mahayana vehicle spreading along the northern route, the Theravada along the south and the Vajrayana centered in Tibet . Currently, eight different schools are present with the prominent sects such as the Ch'an (Zen), Pureland, Tiantai and Yogacara etc.