Essay on Buddhism 's Influence On Chinese Culture

1281 Words Oct 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Buddhism was founded in India in the sixth century B.C.E. and gradually moved to China after the fall of the Han dynasty in 220 C.E. For several centuries Buddhism influenced China greatly. During that time to 570 C.E., China experienced an era of political instability and disunity, afterwards which the imperial structure was restored. During the 1st century C.E. the spread of Buddhism from India to China was met with mixed results, in which many Chinese people accepted Buddhism and advocated its principles such as the philosophy and promise of afterlife over the Confucian ideals that were previously instituted, but the truth was that Chinese masses turned to Buddhism for its promises of eternal enlightenment during times of struggle and invasion and the principles of Buddhism were changed to conform to Chinese culture; however a lot of people rejected the concept of Buddhism because it was a foreign influence, as well as a belief that lowered the status of upper class people; and they were usually the ones against Buddhism. Nonetheless, masses of people still converted to Buddhism because it allowed them to break out of the rigid hierarchy that Confucianism imposed, which is why it was common among the lower classes. The period of time following the collapse of the Han dynasty was known as the Era of Division, during which China suffered frequent invasions from Central Asia. Document 1, "The Four Noble Truths" and Document 2, written by Zhi Dun, illustrate the…

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