Spread of Buddhism in China
Buddhism started in India during the sixth century B.C.E and had been used all over the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. Buddhism has been spreading all over through the trade routes including the Silk Route. Many people use buddhism as a way to end suffering and reach enlightenment. Many people accepted and converted into Buddhist, while others thought that it was wrong and discouraged it from spreading. But at the time where there was no Empire to control the people, Buddhism became very popular. But after authorities rose up, Buddhism was faced with many different opinions. After its arrival in China, many people defended and supported Buddhism.Zhi Dun, a chinese scholar, says that Buddhism was a path to nirvana and stop suffering. As a high class scholar who probably didn’t feel threatened by invading nomads, he never really reflected on how the lower class people felt and if they felt any danger towards them. Over some period, other scholars started writing text about Buddhism and some of these text were a way to defend it from people who question it and uses logic to support why the “cause of suspicion” is illogical. However since the author is an unknown scholar, he might not share how other people felt just as Zhi Dun had. Both students precisely reflected one of Buddha’s teaching that by “eliminating craving”, you would be able to “stop sorrow”. In order to better support Buddhism, we would need to hear the reflection of a non-scholar lower class person to compare how an average person felt about Buddhism. After some authority came to place, many people questioned Buddhism and its teachings. Many of the responses to buddhism were very negative and showed a lot of hostility. Han Yu cited Confucius referring Buddhist as, “No more than a cult of barbarian people.” The fact that Han Yu was in an imperial court shows how his ideas were being used to influence the empire. But in order to know if his ideas actually...
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