The Buddhist religion, starting in India and spreading to China, was being accepted all over Asia. Although Buddhism was spreading, not all of the people in China wanted it to become their main religion over Confucianism and other small religions that had popped up. Some of the people in China thought that by accepting Buddhism that they would be going against their own traditions and their way of life. Two other documents that would be helpful in finding how the Buddhist religion affected the people of China would be a diary entry from a merchant to show how the people of the lower class looked at Buddhism, and a Map that shows the spread of Buddhism across China to see how many people converted to Buddhism.
Many who accepted Buddhism saw the religion as a way to start their life fresh and keep their life simple. Zhi Dun, a Chinese scholar, says that the basics of Buddhism are that if you serve Buddha, and obey his “laws”, then you will be enlightened and will enter “Nirvana”. As a high government official he believes that the “laws” of Buddhism are needed to run a correct and proper society. In the document by Buddhist monk, it talks about “The Four Noble Truths”, the first speech spoken by Buddha, introducing Buddhism. Buddha talks about “the Noble Truth of Sorrow”, “the Noble Truth of arising Sorrow”, and “the Noble truth of the Stopping of Sorrow” to show that if the people convert to Buddhism that their lives will be simple if they follow the rules. Buddha thinks that the “Noble truths” are the way to reach Nirvana and the way to lead your life. In the document by the Anonymous Chinese scholar he supports the Buddhist religion and compares it to Confucianism, “Comparing a white dear to a unicorn.” He says that there is no way that the two religions can compare, that they both look at the worlds in their own way. He thinks that Buddhism is the laws that Confucianism follows just told differently. In the document written by Zong Mi, a leading Buddhist...
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