Introduction should mention how the Buddhism got spread in China over their own religion, most probably post Han period popularly called ‘period of disunity’. Further, the great Tang Dynasty popularized Buddhism in great portion of China.
Further talk about Influence of Buddhism on the people over other religion. Meditation, everything truth, monastic life, life beyond reality and religious ideology as well as teachings of Buddha.
Next talk how it influenced Chinese culture such as literature, philosophy, morality, arts, architecture and religions.
Chinese Art, temple architecture, paintings, sculptures etc.
Family life i.e. emphasis on good work, community and egalitarianism etc….
Bring conclusion based on the points mentioned.
- Buddhism is popularized in China by a person named Bodhi Dharma. It later easily merged with the local religions, like Taoism and Confucianism etc. and became integral part of everyday life and folklore.
- By the end of China’s post-Han ‘period of disunity’ Daoism had been completely overshadowed by Buddhism. China was covered with Buddhist Shrines, many comprising large temples complexes that included living quarters for monks and nuns, temples where lay visitors worshipped images of Buddhist deities and towering pagodas that lifted the image of the religion over the landscape.
- The great Tang Dynasty, which ruled over a reunified China from 618 to 907, patronized Buddhism
- as a state cult during the greater portion of its reign.
Influence on religion:
- Confucianism emphasized mainly on the aspect of living one day at a time, while Buddhism verily insisted on leading a monastic lifestyle that entailed leading a life beyond
- To help the Chinese comprehend Buddhist concepts, Buddhists borrowed ideas from Daoism via the Chinese language. Both Buddhism and Daoism benefited from this exchange.
- It brought in the aspect of meditation, way of dressing of the clergy resembled that of the Buddhist monks and
- Buddhism as a religion is not only based on religious ideologies, but also relies heavily on the philosophies drawn from the teachings of Buddha. These teachings were translated into Chinese by Chinese scholars and it slowly got integrated into the Chinese cultural
Influence on Chinese culture:
- For over 2,000 years, Buddhism has interacted with all levels of Chinese culture such as literature, philosophy, morality, arts, architecture and
- Guru Padmasambhava from Gandhara is still venerated in He preached the virtues of compassion and refined the tenets of prevailing tantric Buddhism in these regions, particularly, in Tibet, where he is second highest deity after Gautama Buddha.
- One of the most palpable and pervasive legacies of Buddhism is to be found in the Chinese language of modern times. From the proverbs of the peasant villages to the formal language of the intelligentsia, words of Buddhist origin are found in common use by
- Other words for common objects, gestures, and expressions are used with a special meaning originally given them in Buddhist
- The Chinese classic “Journey to the West” is an example of the effect of Buddhism on Chinese
- Buddhism spread though all classes of Chinese, influencing art, thought and daily Tea, which had been used mostly by Buddhists, became China’s national drink, and Buddhists introduced the Chinese to the wearing of cotton.
Influence on Art:
- Buddhism’s great temples influenced Chinese architecture counter to Confucianism’s condemnation of complex buildings as an
- Further, the Chinese artists adopted from Buddhism the development of sculpture, painting and murals and the new practice as borrowed from Buddhism grew due to the prosperity of Buddhism in China at the
- Buddhism in China emphasized charity and good works, including working for one’s own salvation by helping others which contrasted with Taoism’s egocentricity. It offered community and egalitarianism. Some Chinese were attracted by the doctrine that those who exploited or treated people unjustly would in their next reincarnation be born into poor circumstances or into an inferior rank and suffer punishment for their
- Some Chinese found comfort in the doctrine that in their next life they might be born into a higher rank and a happier
- For those Chinese lacking a family, Buddhism provided a substitute
- Made people go after virtues and pay respect to other people, generally resulting to a society of amicability.