Buddhism in China DBQ
As Buddhism was arriving in china after the fall of the Han dynasty in 220 C.E., many views contributed to the spread of Buddhism by both Chinese and Confucian scholars. The Chinese view on Buddhism, as it arrived into China, was more accepting because Confucianism was practiced in harmony with Buddhism allowing more people to convert to Buddhism. The Confucian views on Buddhism remained negative because it clashed with the teachings of Confucius as well as his practices and writings. According to these documents China’s response on Buddhism as it spreads and arrives into China during the period of instability after the fall of the Han dynasty in 220 C.E. differs between acceptance by the Chinese and few Confucians and rejection by Confucians, and a neutral view on the arrival of Buddhism in China. Chinese scholars in China accepted Buddhism as it arrived into China since there was no major religion at the time in China this gave Buddhism a perfect opportunity to step in after the fall of the Han dynasty in 220 C.E. After the fall of the Han dynasty there was political instability and many people questioned Confucianism and this weakened the religion. As Confucianism’s support declined Buddhism’s support rose tremendously and many people began to convert because of the idea of replacing Confucianism. Documents 2 and 3 support Buddhism and defend their view on Buddhism arriving in China opposing the view of the Confucians. Buddhism gained much support due to the many differentiating characteristics and the pleasures of joining the Buddhist religion as shown in document 2. “He will behold the Buddha and be enlightened in his spirit, and then he will enter Nirvana” (Document 2) this statement provides people with the experience they might experience if they do convert to Buddhism and along with converting serve the Buddha, correctly observe the commandments, recite Buddhist Scriptures, and make a vow to be reborn without...
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