Chinese Philosophy Day Nine Notes - Chinese Philosophy Day Nine Notes Chinese transformation of Buddhism Background Buddhism essentially took the

Chinese Philosophy Day Nine Notes - Chinese Philosophy Day...

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Chinese Philosophy Day Nine Notes “Chinese transformation of Buddhism” Background: Buddhism essentially took the various strands or Confucianism and made them into a single system. Buddhism also gave Confucianism a metaphysical dimension. I. Five ways Buddhism impacted Chinese ideas and culture A. Metaphysically 1. Buddhism deepened the Confucian notion of a correlative view of the world. 2. Daoist notions of non-being, emptiness, and spontaneity fit very well into the Buddhist system. 3. Confucian social relations and protocols became more focused on the principle. 4. The Chinese focus on inclusion fit very well into the belief of salvation for all. B. Philosophically
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Unformatted text preview: 1. Constructs like Nirvanna gave focus to Dao-4. 2. Daoist, spontaneity fit well with the Buddhist notion of sudden enlightenment. 3. The early years of Buddhism in China were hosted by Daoism as an “incubator”. C. Politically 1. Buddhism was the mechanism through which the Chinese states were unified. 2. Buddhism was a political tool for unification. D. Socially 1. Buddhism provided a metaphysical basis for good works. 2. Buddhism centers became huge charitable institutions. E. Aesthetically 1. Chinese art and architecture was greatly influenced by the Buddhist outlook. 2. There was an aesthetic drive for sudden enlightenment....
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