DBQ for postclassical era II
The extent of Buddhism’s appeal ranged from the utter disdain of it(docs 4&6), to the indifference of it(docs 5&3), to the pure, and utter belief in it(docs 1&2).
Disdain for Buddhism was typically generated by Confucian scholars.Buddhism is believed to be a cult of barbarism, in which Buddhists worship the deceased Buddha and his corpse.(doc 4) In addition to this, Buddhism has never been the dominant religion within China, until the Han dynasty. The Confucian belief in the Han dynasty is that Buddhists rely on the wealth of society without making physical contributions toward society.(doc 6) Since the author of document 4 is a Confucian scholar, he has an interest in sharing all of the bad things about Buddhism, and more, in order to gain a favorable view towards Confucianism therefore, he would have exaggerated the Buddhist religion into the cultist beliefs expressed in document 4, therefore generating the extent of Buddhism’s appeal in China. Since the author of document 6 is the emperor of the Han dynasty, he has an interest in keeping his people happy by deciding on the official religion of China therefore, he would have known, through research, which religion benefits society more thus generating the extent of Buddhism’s appeal in China. In order to understand the disdain for Buddhism expressed by most of the Confucian scholars, it would be helpful to have the teachings of a Confucian Philosopher. This would show philosophical analyses on Buddhism with the firm beliefs of a Confucian, which could indicate whether or not the general belief of Confucians is that Buddhism is a cult that rather than benefiting society, hinders it.
Indifference, or tolerance of both beliefs were generally philosophical beliefs or the beliefs of outside parties. People tend to question whatever they are doubtful of or, cannot believe. In the Han dynasty, an issue between the Confucians and the Buddhists was that Confucius...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document