Buddhism Essay

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Buddhism came about in India in the 6th century B.C.E., and spread into China by 1st century C.E. Since then, it’s been influencing China. While a majority of scholars and authors throughout China have supported Buddhism widely and become strong believers in it, some others have found pointlessness in the practice. Among the support and the rejection, some have also taken a neutral stand to say that it’s a good practice, as is the teachings of Confucius and Laozi. This 3 way split has been shown through documents made in the past, showing the stances. Concerning the appeal of Buddhism in China, a number of authors/scholars/people of authority have taken a liking to the practice. Buddha created “The Four Noble Truths” (Document 1), to show how to altogether end suffering; it also shows the roots of Buddhism as a whole. Zhi Dun, a Chinese scholar, wrote of the promise of Nirvana, another concept among Buddhists. It basically states that if you live a pure life, you will leave this world enlightened, and enter the state of Nirvana (Document 2). The two documents are both created by firm believers in the Buddhist ways, and are written in a way as to promote their traditions. A document that would be helpful in further helping the agreement with Buddhism would possibly be a statement from a religious leader of the practice, and how Buddhism has personally affected his life. Also taking in consideration of other thoughts, we can look at the point of view of those who see Buddhism as pointless, or just generally don’t like it. Han Yu, a Confucian scholar wrote “Memorial on Buddhism” (Document 4) which he condemns Buddhism. In relation to the bone of the Buddha, he writes, “If these practices are not stopped, and this relic of the Buddha is allowed to be carried from one temple to another, there will be those in the crowd who will cut off their arms and mutilate their

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