Spread Of Buddhism In China

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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. Zong Mi, a leading Buddhist scholar, thought the Buddha as a perfect sage. He also states that Buddhism helps create an orderly society and that it should be observed with respect. This shows that Zong Mi too likes Buddhism and its spread though out China. Not all people liked the spread of Buddhism throughout China. In “Memorial on Buddhism” Han Yu, a leading Confucian scholar and official at the Tang imperial court, disliked Buddhism. He said that Buddhism is no more that a cult of the barbarian peoples spread to China. Han Yu says that if the spread of Buddhism in China is not stopped then there will be people cutting off their arms and mutilating there flesh in an offering to the Buddha. He also says that the Buddha is a barbarian and that his bones should be cast into a fire and that his evil should be rooted out. Tang Emperor Wu, an Edict on Buddhism also did not like the spread of Buddhism. He said that Buddhism was poisoning Chinese culture and that it wears out the peoples strength, pilfers their wealth, and causes people to abandon their lords and parents. All these things that both Han Yu and Tang Emperor Wu said about Buddhism clearly proves
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