Documents 1(Four Noble Truths) and 2 (Zhi Dun) explain just how people could find peace in these times. While Doc 1 includes general statements meant for anyone to understand the steps for enlightenment, Doc 2 specifically addresses the people of China and how they have the power to step out of their norm and reach the afterlife. Document 2 does not provide the common people of China’s views on Buddhism because it is coming from the point of view of an upper class scholar. As Buddhism continued to win over converts, internal conflicts between Confucianism and Buddhism grew. The “Disposition of Error” (Doc 3) and the Zong Mi essay (Doc 5 ) show how some people wanted both to co-exist. Doc 3 addresses some of the issues that Confucianism had with the validity of Buddhism. Doc 5 states that they are equal because they both carry out the same goals: to have an orderly society. While both acknowledge including Buddhism without a threat on Confucianism, they were written in different time periods. Again, Document 3 was written by a scholar, meaning that these views might not have applied to the majority.
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