Documents 2 and 3 support and defend the idea and the spread of Buddhism in the first century CE in China. The author, Zhi Dun speaks of all the joys of joining the Buddhists religion. He says that whoever is in China and does what they are supposed to do, like reciting the Buddhists scriptures and someone who correctly observes the commandments ( Doc 2 ), will be miraculously transported thither, he will be enlightened to his spirit and will enter Nirvana. However, the author is also one of the upper class of China and so he does not talk about how the lower class felt and
how they would be affected by this spread of Buddhism. This Document could be implying that even through the hard times the people should stick with Buddha. It’s intended for the people in China when they were invaded by the steppe nomads in 350 CE. This Document is used to inform those who served the Buddha and believe in him will enter Nirvana after death. Buddha is the way to enlightenment and Nirvana. The author must believe in Buddhism. Document 3 goes against anti - Buddhists. However, because the author is anonymous it is hard to point out his bias because we do not know who he is and what he might have against the spread of Buddhism or why he might like it. But because we do know that he is a scholar, it definitely suggest that he is in the upper class. Document 6 describes how the teachings of Buddhism are correct and how they lead to an orderly society . Because the author, Zong Mi, is a Buddhists scholar, there is a chance that he holds some bias towards the acceptance of Buddhism. This Document is intended for the Buddhists monks. It’s used to inform the reader that the Chinese were mutilated. It comes from the point of view of a
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