The Spread of Buddhism in China
Buddhism was created in India in there sixth century B.C.E., and later spread to China during the first century B.C.E
. In China, when people met Buddhism for the very first time, people had many mixed reactions. Some people began to accept Buddhism and started practicing it. Meanwhile, some people became very critical of the new language, and there were those who were indifferent about the religion, nor praising or declining. In the readings, Documents 2 and 3 show support towards Buddhism and its spread through China. Documents 4 and 6 show great discourage of the religion and the prevention of the spread. Lastly, documents 1 and 5 show great indifference towards Buddhism. They mostly present facts only and don't encourage or discourage the spread, but do provide a helpful third perspective.
Documents 2 and 3 promote Buddhism and the advantages that come with converting. Document 2 begins to talk about how a Buddhist should live their life. He then finishes off the passage by telling us the rewards people will receive if they live their life correctly (serves the Buddha correctly). This was written by a Chinese scholar during the time Buddhism was at its peak; therefore, this passage seems credible. Although, the author could be Buddhist himself, revealing a most-likely heavy bias. Also, because he is a scholar, he most likely in the upper class. Therefore, he isn't really able to speak on the behalf of all the lower classes and their relation with Buddhism. Document 3 discusses a Q and A type argument. The questions are by by those who are against Buddhism (thus, pointing out of the flaws). The answers are written by him, a Chinese scholar, who refutes the arguments against Buddhism and possibly gives people the answers they might need to convert. This passage is as previously stated, from a Chinese Scholar, who is well-educated and writing during the correct time period. Although, he is “anonymous” and his reliability...
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