Cultural Diffusion And Diffusion Of Buddhism

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There are vast amount of things within our daily lives that have been a result of cultural diffusion. These can range from food, religion, economics, and even technology. Buddhism is a good example of religion cultural diffusion. It reached China, due to cultural diffusion as it was favoured by the merchants along the silk roads, and therefore, was able to extend into China. Buddhism would be met with its patrons, as well harsh critics. Some viewed Buddhism as an outside force that had no place in Chinese society compared to Confucianism; for example: Han Yu’s Memorial Discussing the Buddha’s Bone, where he expressed his disdain for Buddhism. China would receive Buddhism close to the original, other nations such as Japan, had it go through …show more content…
During the times of the Tang, Buddhism was able to intensely immerse itself into the daily lives of the Chinese. This was made possible because Buddhism can be found everywhere. It was the most popular religion, as it was used by a majority of the population. Buddhist monasteries played a major role in helping Buddhism plants its roots into everyday life. The monasteries were built by Taizong in 629 on major battle grounds, so monks could visit pray for those who had lost their lives. Additionally, the monasteries would go on to serve as more crucial things, such as: schools for children, inns for travelers, places for social gatherings, as well as banks; and they also received many donations of wealth and land from the elite. By acting as school, it allowed monks to further spread the teachings of Buddhism, especially to a younger generation who may not know anything else, and will allow them spread Buddhism to future generations. The key to Buddhism’s success is that it was able associate itself with many daily practices, such as school and banks, which further assisted Buddhism’s integration within society. The patronage by the wealthy can also be seen as a contributing factor, as providing them with both land and wealth would help the monasteries expand their influence. Buddhism was able to develop into religion that could be seen as native to the Chinese due to how integrated it was in various

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