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CRT 100-102 - Reading Assignment 5 Chinese Religious...

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Reading Assignment 5 Chinese Religious Traditions 100-102 - Though it was during the Tang Dynasty that many new schools of Buddhist thought emerged it was actually during the Song Dynasty that Buddhism really infiltrated Chinese culture o Late Tang signified political repression of Buddhism Largely caused by economic factors o Buddhist properties were tax-exempt so many donated extensive land- holdings to Buddhist monasteries to avoid taxes on them o In 845 all monasteries were closed and all Buddhist properties confiscated by the state Repression did not last long - Song thought it would be easier to control a single sect rather than several and designated most publically supported monasteries as Chan monasteries o Institutional Buddhism became Chan - Also during this period that teachers compiled the teachings and conversations of the great Tang masters, and thereby formulated the history of the Chan school that has been passed down through the tradition - The practices of the Linji
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