The Spread of Buddhism – Timeline

Hinayana Mahayana
350 BCE Nepal
280 BCE Ceylon Kashmir (proto-Mahayana)
250 BCE Central Asia
0 CE China
350 Korea
450 Java Sumatra
550 Japan
700 Tibet (Vajrayana)
750 Thailand
850 Burma
1600 Mongolia (Vajrayana)

Note: The dates shown are approximate to when Buddhism was first introduced.
Source: Compiled from The Shambhala Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen.