Spread of Buddhism in China
After the fall of the China’s Han Dynasty in 220 CE, the views of Buddhism in China changed. When China experienced a period of instability during 220 CE and 570 CE, Buddhism was being accepted. However after 570 CE and the period of instability, Buddhism wasn’t really accepted, but it wasn’t denied either. It is clear that many people in China felt the Buddhism should be followed (Docs 1,2,3,5), some people thought it should be avoided (Docs 4 and 6) and some people were considering following Buddhism (Docs 3 and 5). An additional document that would further help analyze the reactions to the spread of Buddhism in China would be the statistics of who followed and who didn’t because it would show how many people of the country wanted to follow Buddhism, how many were and how many didn’t want to.
During the time of instability, it is clear that many people began to turn to Buddhism. The followers of Buddha believed that those who followed Buddhism and gave up their sorrow would reach Nirvana; which is enlightment (doc 1). They saw sorrow is the foundation of all of Buddhism. They felt that Buddhism and sorrow went hand in hand because in order to be a true Buddhist, you had to believe in sorrow and be willing to give that up in order to reach nirvana. One should take into account the point of view of the author because they are one of Buddha’s disciples and know how to follow Buddhism. They followed Buddhism and gave up their sorrow and now they are preaching the religion to others. Another document was written by a Chinese scholar named Zhi Dun and he stated that if you believed in Buddhism and practiced all religions that you would enter nirvana when your soul passes (doc 2). The author of this document possesses a unique point of view because the belief of reaching nirvana after dying, all has to do with believing in Buddhism and practicing the religion. According to document three, written by an anonymous Chinese...
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