Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Discuss why Buddhism gained acceptance in China.?

6 Answers

  • P'ang
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    When Buddhism came to China from India in the 1st century C.E. via the Silk Road trade routes, the Chinese thought it was a version of the native Taoist tradition.

    Both Buddhism and Taoism had concepts of "emptiness" even though the term meant different things in each tradition. Nevertheless, this similarity caused Chinese people to refer to Buddhism as "Indian Taoism."

    This led to widespread acceptance within China. By 400 C.E., China was producing its own Buddhist masters and the imperial families had adopted Buddhism as their own spiritual tradition.

    The imperial dynasties supported the building of many temples and monasteries, and engaged in many good works in the hopes of being reborn in the "Pure Land," a place where all beings attained enlightenment.

    By the 6th century, Buddhism was a dominant tradition, although it never completed replaced Taoism or Confucianism. Rather, it existed side by side in uneasy relationship with these native traditions.

  • Darren
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    War, China was tired of war. Buddhism advocated the sanctity of life. Though Buddhism was introduced into China in 65 AD the actual "Golden Age of Buddhism" in China was 405-920. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907) Buddhism flourished, for 300 years China had peace and stability.

    Though Taoism was the prevalent religion before Buddhism, the two philosophies did not oppose each other, as much as compliment each other.


    Ideological and political rivals for centuries, Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism deeply influenced one another. They did share some similar values. All three embraced a humanist philosophy emphasizing moral behavior and human perfection. In time, most Chinese people identified to some extent with all three traditions simultaneously. This became institutionalised when aspects of the three schools were synthesised in the Neo-Confucian school.

  • 1 decade ago

    Amongst the upper classes in China there was a high level of education and philosophical thought. Buddhism had already been spread around much of South Asia by the Indian Emperor Ashoka and was percieved by the ruling classes of China to be a much deeper and more philosophically valuable religion than the local religions.

    Source(s): A-level
  • Rubym
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Do you mean in ancient times, or since the liberalization of China since the end of the Mao era? Religions like Christianity have become popular though still discouraged strongly in Communist China, and there is a resurgence of the Buddhist and other traditional religions over there.

    Communists under Mao tried to totally suppress all religion, except a kind of Emperor Worship toward Mao. But with all the opening of business, etc. and the outside world getting into China, they are bringing ideas including new and/or traditional Chinese religions back.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because being a dharmic religion that came out of Hinduism, Buddhism did not seek power or control but focused on individual development.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    some people enjoy worshipping statues.....


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