People also tried to turn away from all the sorrow, so they accepted this new foreign religion coming in, regardless of the political situation in China at the time. It is clear that many people in China met Buddhism with admiration (Doc. 1, 2), tolerance (Doc. 3, 5) and disapproval (Doc. 4, 6).
The spread of Buddhism in China was liked by many people such as scholars, but some people did not like Buddhism such as Emperors and people from other religions. The first document doesn’t relate to the spread of Buddhism in China, but Zhi Dun, a Chinese scholar, author, and confidant of Chinese aristocrats and high officials appreciated the spread of Buddhism. He said that the Buddha correctly observes the commandments. Like Zhi Dun, in “The Disposition of Error” the Chinese scholar says that Confucius’s written works do not have everything in them and that Buddhism is like a wonderful creature because it is compared to both a unicorn and a phoenix. So the Chinese scholar in Document 3 must think Buddhism is good.
And different religions (Buddhism, Taoism) can co-existed together to civilize the people. Last, when the Chinese have conflicts with the west, she would not act as a starter of war, she fight back for self-defense only. Harmony does play an essential role to the Chinese culture. And even, in the 2008 Olympic Game where held in China, used harmony as the main theme. Confucianism is highly advocated in China.
He had great respect for them. Sepúlveda, on the other hand, had no respect for the Natives. Sepúlveda also described the Natives as being unable to govern the state as well as not being able to be educated. Unlike both Ricci and Las Casas who describe the Chinese and Natives as being highly
They state this to try to show how the Chinese refuse to assimilate. They are using this as proof to show how the Chinese are just too different from the US population and how they don’t respect our views and culture. Although I think it is fair to say the committee is doing the exact thing they
Lotus of the Good Law is also very significant to followers of Buddhism as it expresses salvation to Buddhism being universally attainable and lastly, the Tibetan Book of the Dead is also very substantial to adherents of Buddhism as it as it is means by which a Buddhist can determine their rebirth or Nirvana. The Tripitaka is a very significant text for adherents of Buddhism as it can as a guide to the teachings of the Buddha. Firstly, the Tripitaka is a sacred text split into three “baskets”; the Sutra Pitaka, Vinaya Pitaka and the Abhidharma Pitaka. The first basket, the Sutra Pitaka sets the rules and expectations of the Sangha. In this way, the Tripitaka is very significant to adherents of Buddhism as it provides a clear set of expectations of the adherent of the religion as well as providing a guide to the teachings of Buddha.
In China, among the many classes of Chinese social structure, they show positive responses to the spread of Buddhism as seen in Documents 1,2,3, and 5. Buddhism began to spread in China, as shown in Document 5, because it gives the people belief in a better afterlife and more unity. In Document 1, which was according to Buddhist tradition, shows the reasons behind why the Chinese would convert; however this could be an opinion of the Chinese citizens because it is the preachings of Buddha to his followers that describes the four major beliefs of Buddhism. Documents 4 and 6 however had negative responses to the spread of Buddhism from the aristocrats and rulers of China during the Tang Dynasty when it began threatening their power. The spread of Buddhism began weakening their power over the citizens of China because of people becoming monks as shown by Document
Documents 3 and 7 believed the Europeans were a threat to their culture and therefore, attempted to cut off influence from them. An additional document that shows the separate reactions of regions toward Europeans, preferably in a dated map, would be helpful in determining the overall views of non-European people toward these European explorations. Europeans were felt by some as a threat to native culture and as such, were looked upon negatively. China during this time regarded European expansion negatively due to the change in culture many felt Europeans would cause (Doc 3). However, the authors of the document were Chinese magistrates who did not reflect the views of the lower classes.
Buddhism, another belief practiced by the great Asoka Maurya, did not support the caste system and was, just like the Chinese Daoism, a religion of pure salvation which practiced elimination of desire in order to achieve a higher spiritual status or nirvana. Spread by missionaries it was one of the most practiced religions of that time, both in India and China, but it had little political impact due to its nature. Like in China, Indian social and political structure depended on the belief system, but it was not influenced by the dynastic
While Richard Milhous Nixon is seen as the worst president in the history of the United States of America, many people and historians also believe he did “one thing right.” That “one thing”0 would be his trip to China or as Richard Nixon himself referred to it -“the week that changed the world”0 However did it really change the world? Or was it just a political move made by the Nixon administration in an election year? Though the visit to China did help in opening up trade and communication, it was useless for President Nixon to personally go to China, and was not a history changing event like it was portrayed. In the year of 1971 it was revealed that a top secret meeting was held in China between America’s top foreign relations officer -Henry