Early Buddhism And Its Impact On Western Culture Essay

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Early Buddhist studied in stupas similar to those in India. But as Buddhism became more Chinese the stupa would evolve into the iconic Chinese pagoda. Pagodas and temples for Buddhism was met with new Taoist temples in adding to Chinese cities and allowed the wealthy and working class people a place to intermix. As mountains were special and holy to the Chinese it was natural that temples and monasteries would expand to these secluded places. These hill complexes would experiment with water power and make some of the world 's first water wheels. There move to the secluded fringes was part of a push away from urban culture. Many wealthy members of society wanted to break away from the capital and its future. The highest ranking would have houses in the countryside others built large gardens in the city to bring the outside in. Many also saw being able to refuse government service as a show of wealth and influence. In addition to the literal move away from the capital there was a metaphorical one. One of the major changes in art was in regionalism. In the Han dynasty nearly all poetry was either about the capital or how other places were less than it. During the three state period the three competing capitals made it impossible to have most focus on just one city. Most poetry was still about cities but the focus on the capitals started to change and a truer compare and contrast started to appear. The western Jin briefly tried to make art go back to the older Han styles more…

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