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3) How did Buddhism find its way to China? Why do you think this outside belief was so readily accepted into Chinese society? How was Buddhism integrated into China? In the 1st Century CE, Buddhism reaches China by the Silk Road traders from the west during the Han Dynasty. China was belief deeply in Confucianism which focused on ethics and social order in society while Buddhism emphasized life to seek reality beyond reality. During 2nd Century Buddhism slowly spread due to few Monks began translating Buddhist from Sanskrit into Chinese. Chinese society found comfort in what Buddhism offered. Chinese people were impressed with Buddhism's temple, rituals, and a warmer message than Confucianism. In 402 CE, Mahayana branch established, which became the beginning of the Pure Land school of Buddhism and dominant form in East Asia. Buddhism's influence spread throughout Chinese culture. For example, Buddhists introduced wearing cotton material to the Chinese and Tea which had been used by Buddhists that became China's national drink.

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