The Responses To The Spread Of Buddhism In China Essay

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The Responses to the Spread of Buddhism in China After Buddhism spread to China from India, many people began converting to Buddhism because it gave them a meaning in life during the period of instability and disunity after the collapse of the Han Dynasty as shown in Document 2. The Chinese at first welcomes Buddhism, as it gave them support during political instability and disunity, but as political relations improved, the government saw Buddhism as a threat to their power and moved to get rid of it. During the Tang Dynasty, Buddhism threatened the power of the nobility and they rose up to disclaim it as shown in Document 6; however not many people were the emperor of China so this wouldn’t effective give a good representation of the responses shown by the majority of the Chinese citizens. After the collapse of the Han Dynasty, there was people who needed more than just Confucianism to give them meaning in their life, Buddhism was then spread to China through merchants and missionaries. 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

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