chinesemythpaper2 - Krista Morelli Chinese 155 Spring 2009...

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Krista Morelli Chinese 155 Spring 2009 Essay #2 An Analysis of “A Visit to the Mount Lu Monastery” One aspect of Chinese culture that greatly influenced Chinese mythology is the development of popular religious movements throughout Chinese history. Two of these movements that had a particularly overwhelming impact are Buddhism and Daoism. Buddhism, introduced to China between 100 BC and 100 AD, promotes concepts like the Five Precepts, karma , and frequent meditation. Daoism, which developed between 350 BC and 250 BC, promotes ideals like a great person connection with and respect for nature, “non-involvement”, and a humble lifestyle that promotes independence from possessions and materialism. Concepts from both Daoism and Buddhism can be found in one particular myth, “A Visit to the Mount Lu Monastery”, that tells the story of a monk, a Daoist, and their interpretations of the events that occur while watching another monk sleep. While the story provides examples of contrasting Buddhist and Daoist beliefs, it’s purpose as a myth is to exemplify the Buddhist concept of
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2009 for the course CHINESE 155 taught by Professor Idk during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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chinesemythpaper2 - Krista Morelli Chinese 155 Spring 2009...

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