China 's Positive Influence On East Asia Through Lifestyle And Trade

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Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama in “India around 525” (Helble 1 ) also known as Buddha. Buddhism “spread from India along the commercial roads, most importantly the Silk Road, to China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan” (Helble 1). Soon, the adaptable religion made its way to East Asia particularly in China, Korea, and Japan. Coincidentally first Buddhism spread from India to China, China to Korea, and lastly Korea to Japan. This paper will argue that Buddhism has had a positive influence on East Asia through lifestyle and trade. Lifestyle will be assessed through viewing the impact of improving quality of life and providing flexibility for individuals. Trade will be assessed by seeing how Buddhism provided for expanding relations with other countries and gaining more resources. The first way Buddhism had a positive influence on lifestyle would be when “Chinese intellectuals dissatisfied with the Confucian classical learning . . . turned their attention to cosmological questions” (Guang 306). Therefore, “scholars such as He Yan and Wang Bi (226-249) concentrated on the explanation of [existence and nothingness]” (Guang 308). Scholars and monks were able to seek answers in Buddhism that were limited in previous religions and concepts. Conversely, “the similarities between Chinese philosophy of Laozi and Zhuangi and the Buddhist doctrine of emptiness attracted the Chinese intellectuals’ attention and interest so they started to study the Buddhist teaching”…

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