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Buddhism in china

  1. 1. BUDDHISM INCHINABy Muhamed
  2. 2. HOW, WHEN, AND WHY BUDDHISM STARTED  Started in first century C.E  Buddhism spread along silk road  Reached China in late Han Dynasty  Traveled along the silk road  Buddhist Monks came to the capital of China (Chang’an) because of The Chinese Officials and the Monks  showed the emperor a picture of Buddha  Practiced Buddhism in China at second century C.E  Many people including monks translate Buddhist text into Chinese and Buddhism spreads  Buddhism popular in China today  The emperor had a dream about Buddha, sent his officials to find information  Officials found two monks that had the information and bring them back to the palace  The emperor wanted the monks to stay and translate the scriptures  Build temple for the monks to stay in. called White Horse Temple
  3. 3. PICTURE OF THE SILK ROAD
  4. 4. MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEENINDIAN AND CHINESE BUDDHISM. Chinese believe everyone has a soul, Indians don’t believe in souls Chinese worship the dead, Indians are disgusted by the dead Indian were okay with moderate meditation and fasting to get a reward at the end of life, Chinese though this was silly If Indian Buddhist text did not have enough details, Chinese made them up and added them in Chinese introduced spells and charms to Buddhism
  5. 5. CONDITIONS IN CHINESE SOCIETYTHAT MADE BUDDHISM ATTRACTIVETO THE PEOPLE Buddhism was similar to Taoism so the Taoist were interested to learn more (borrowed Taoist words) When Han dynasty fell the country was in chaos and Confucianism (main religion) lost power South China the wealthy class started to adopted Buddhism The rulers in the North became Buddhist because the monks were there advisors Some people in China were suffering and Buddhism promised an escape After Han dynasty fell people turned to Buddhism for peace and comfort
  6. 6. THE CHINESE LEADERSHIPPROMOTED OR DISCOURAGED THEPRACTICE OF BUDDHISM. (after Han dynasty) The rulers in the North became Buddhist because the monks were there advisors Emperor Taiwu of Wei Dynasty did not support Buddhism Temples, text, and art were to be destroyed Monks executed Next emperor (Wencheng) rebuilt Buddhism When North and South China reunited only thing had in common was Buddhism Sui emperor encourage Buddhism to show they were one country
  7. 7. BIBLIOGRAPHY http://www.monkeytree.org/silkroad/mindbody/buddhism.html http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/essays/comp/cw07indiabuddhismchin a.htm http://www.thezensite.com/ZenEssays/HistoricalZen/FromIndiatoChina. htm http://buddhism.about.com/od/throughasiaandbeyond/a/chinahistory.htm http://my.hrw.com/
  8. 8. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING

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