Entry of Buddhism into China

Entry of Buddhism into China - by Zhang Heng n...

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Buddhism’s Contribution to Chinese Society Mantic techniques for personal welfare Devotionalism Meditation Doctrine and Philosophy Sangha as social institution Enrichment of the arts—visual and textual
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The Development of Buddhism in the Chinese Context Tensions resolved due to introduction of the sangha Systematization of doctrine and philosophy due to way Buddhism was introduced Ongoing systematization of doctrine and philosophy due to evolution of Buddhism in India
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Han Buddhism Composite phenomenon: 1. A hybrid cult centered on the court & imperial family 2. The first nucleus of ‘canonical’ monastic Buddhism 3. The diffusion & adoptation of unsystematic Buddhist elements in indigenous beliefs and practices
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Hybrid Cult (r.58-75) of Chu n 65CE
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Unformatted text preview: by Zhang Heng n & (78-130) Sutra in Forty-two Sections k Church of Luoyang Beginning marked by the arrival of An Shigao 148CE Translation activities Lokaksema or Zhi Chan (Zhi Loujiachan n & v Temples of Baimasi n Xuchangsi n Devotion of monks to religious life Diffuse Borrowings A variety of elements appearing in Chinese art Not systematic Divorced from context Probably spread through circulation of material objects Spread of Buddhism Contact expansion begging circuit Socio-economically successful settings Sponsorship and urban settings Mid-level patronage by merchants High-level patronage Eg. Asoka & Kanishka movement tied to these periods...
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