Impact of Buddhism in China

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Buddhism was brought to China in the first century CE. It spread throughout china and had a great impact in the way of life people had. Buddhism slowly won converts after the fall of the Han dynasty in 220 C.E., and continued to expand for many more centuries.Although, Buddhism was accepted by many in chinese society, there were many who were opposed to the idea of a new religion or way of life. Document 2 is mainly directed to aristocrats explaining them how to reach nirvana and why they should follow the lifestyle. Zhi Dun was very trusted by aristocrats and since they were the ones to have more power and pleasures, Zhi Dun must have specifically wanted them to know about a buddhist lifestyle and Confucianism. While Buddhism was being spread throughout China, there was a period of political instability. It was a horrible period and and aristocrats were important so this new religion could offer them a life free of sorrow. There were many problems during this time and Buddhism offered something better to focus on and look forward to. Document 3 shows questions that a scholar had and many more people could have had also. The questions reveal negative views that people might have had on Buddhism and argue why it is a religion full of wisdom that rejects worldly pleasures to bring joy. Both documents 2 and 3 support and encourage the spread of Buddhism in China. In document 1, we can find the four noble truths which was Buddha’s view of life and are basic beliefs of Buddhism. Buddha explains that life is sorrow and gives reasons why life is sorrow. Document 5 says that Confucius, Laozi, and Buddha were full of wisdom and had many differences but their teachings created the ordered society of China and they should all be respected. Although documents 1 and 5 did not necessarily support the spread of Buddhism, they both had important contributions or perspectives
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