Buddhism was founded in India in the sixth century B.C.E. It was brought to China in the first century B.C.E. and gained converts after the collapse of the Han dynasty. As it spread, Buddhism had mixed responses. Some Chinese people believed in and defended it while others discouraged it from spreading. Between 220 C.E. and 570 C.E. China had a period of instability. During this time, Buddhism protected lower class people, such as peasants, but to higher ranking people it was seen as threat to their power. The spread of Buddhism was more accepted by the lower class and peasants than the upper class the rejected it. Some of the Chinese people felt that there was joy in converting to Buddhism. The authors of documents 2 and 3 show a positive response and support of the spread of the religion through their writings. Both tell about the way to find joy in joining the Buddhist religion. Documents 2 and 3 only tell about the luxuries of Buddhism, such as enlightenment in the Buddha’s spirit and having goodness and wisdom instead of a wife and children. Zhi Dun, the author of document 2, and the Anonymous Chinese scholar, the author of document 3, both seem to agree that Buddhism is based on a simple life of happiness. This could be why the peasants accepted it more than the high ranked people. Peasants had nothing, they were used to the simple life and learned to enjoy it which is why the accepted and supported Buddhism, but the high ranked wealthy people didn’t know how to not have their luxurious possessions that were not included in the simple life of the Buddhist religion. Without their material things they had no power, it was all lost to Buddhism. Documents 2 and 3 both support the spread of Buddhism because they accept the way of life in the religion. In contrast to documents 2 and 3, some Chinese people had a negative response to Buddhism and discouraged any spread of the religion. Documents 4 and 6 state the feelings of the people that believed that Buddhism was “a cult of barbarian peoples.” They believed that Confucius held the truth and Buddhism was lies. The authors both write that Buddhism is the cause of problems in the Chinese society; people act out to show rebellion instead of taking in the simple life. They both argue that Buddha and the religion show no respect to ancient rulers of China. Documents 4 and 6 both show negative responses to Buddhism by agreeing in their opinions that is destroys law and injures mankind. In ancient China, the people were not divided equally on their opinions of the spread of Buddhism. Unlike the authors of document 2, 3, 4, and 6, documents 1 and 5 neither give a positive, accepting response or a negative, discouraging response to the spread of Buddhism. Both documents try to make a compromise. Document 1 is direct from the text of Buddhist tradition. Document 5 attempts to create an agreement with the conflicts of the belief system in China. Both authors write that it religion has to be interpreted individually. They state that Confucius, Laozi, and Buddha took different approaches to teach, but each was successful in creating a society. Documents 1 and 5 agree that each leader no matter what you believe should be respected. Documents 1 and 5 both are in the middle and do not have an overall positive or negative response to the spread of Buddhism. The responses to the spread of Buddhism in each document can differ depending on the author. For instance, document 1 is straight from Buddhist tradition and was preached by Buddha himself, document 4 was written by a Confucian scholar, Han Yu, who was outside the Buddhist religion, and document 6 was written by Tang Emperor Wu, who was high in power. Since Buddha founded Buddhism, he is going to have a bias, and since Yu was a Confucian he is also going to have a different type of bias, and Wu will not like Buddhism, either, because he was a high ranked official, and shared the belief that the religion destroys law. Yu will
Buddhism was gradually bought to China but not all of the Chinese residents accepted these new philosophies because it sharply contradicted with Confucianism, Legalism, and Daoism. Buddhism philosophies are accepted by the lower classes, shot down by higher classes, and many middle classes compare the teachings of Buddhism to other religions that were dominant in this time period.…
Buddhism in China DBQ
From 563 BCE to early 9th century CE, Buddhism incorporated its way into Chinese society. It began as an idea that quickly gained supporters and flowers during the period of 6th century CE. However, with the emergence of the Tang dynasty, Buddhism faced the suppression during the 9th century. From then, it has slowly regained validity and respect, but has not gained the dominance it once had.
Document 1 and 5 represent a neutral perspective on Buddhism.…
Buddhism was founded in India during the sixth century B.C.E. It then at a later
time was brought to China by the first century C.E. and started to win converts after the
collapse of the Han dynasty. Due to the spread of Buddhism in China between 220 C.E.
and 570 C.E. there were both negative and positive responses. Those who obtained
position of high power or distinction were unsatisfied while lower social classes took a
liking toward Buddhism.…
Buddhism is one of the most popular religions in Asia and around the world today. It first started in India. Over time it started to spread out as it gained more followers. Today, China is one of the places where Buddhism flourishes, even though there are some who oppose it. Back around the start of Buddhism, when it was reaching China, there was an action similar to this.…
Buddhism was one of the five major religions of the classical era. It began in India and quickly spread throughout Asia. Buddhism did not make a huge lasting impression on India but it thrived in China for centuries. These documents show different aspects of Buddhism including its teachings, its popularity, and its reasons for disbelievers.…
Those associated with Buddhism seem to imply buddhism would offer great resources,
those associated with confucianism were threatened by Buddhism, and others believed
china could accommodate many philosophies at the same time. A document from a
chinese peasant would help to give us a perspective of someone who didn't have a
non political stance on the spread of buddhism.
Documents 1 and 2, explained why Buddhism should be followed.…
From the beginning of Buddhism to now, it has been compared and critiqued. When it spread it contradicted many well established beliefs and challenged rule. Many people, such as scholars, would come to accept or decline the belief of Buddhism.
The many scholars of China would have different views of Buddhism. In Document 4 it states “Buddhism is no more than a cult of the barbarian peoples spread to China. It did not exist here in ancient times.”…
In China, not everyone had the same opinion on Buddhism. There are anti-Buddhists, Confucianists, and Buddhists. These are all points of view from upper classes; the type of document that is needed is a document that has a point of view from a lower class person.
Anti-Buddhists are people who are against Buddhism. They speak to their dynasty bad about Buddhism and that makes a bad impression to the dynasties.…
Han and Rome DBQ
Han and Roman attitudes towards technology both changed over time for the better. The Han attitude toward manufacturing and labor of technology was more open and positive than the Romans, which had a more organized and class divided society. Documents 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 are all from government officials’ points of view. Documents 3 and 7 are from a philosopher’s point of view.…