Confucianism originated in China, with the teachings of Confucius. Confucianism was spread through relocation diffusion and contagious diffusion spread Confucianism more than hierarchical diffusion. Confucianism is practiced in China, Korea, Vietnam, and Taiwan. It has the most influence there. There are approximately 6,111,056 people practicing Confucianism. There isn’t necessarily a deity in Confucianism. It revolves around ancestor worship. Confucius (551 BCE -- 479 BCE) founded Confucianism on his philosophies during his life. Confucianism has five holy books: "The Book of History," "The Book of Poetry," "The Book of Changes," "The Book of Rites," and the "Spring and Autumn Annals." “Confucianism is often characterized as a system of social
However, both documents go about it completely opposite ways, yet reach the same consensus that Buddha's teaching was valued in China. Document 3 focuses on the apparent ‘shortcomings’ of Buddhism and the reasons why these ‘shortcomings’ make Buddhism a unique and different religion. This document brings up the interesting point that just because a work is not of Confucius or other sages doesn’t make the work of less value, while at the same time differentiating the works of Confucius and Buddhism. On the other hand, Document 5 includes Buddha as one of the sages whose works have transformed and created society. Document 5 brings up the point that each sage modeled their work and lessons after what was relevant at the time, so all teachings, abiet different, are all right in their own
The fall of Rome was mainly because of plagues wiping out most of the population. The fall of the Han dynasty began from decentralized rule. However, outside invasions had an effect on the fall of both classical civilizations.
After imperial structure was restored, the Chinese began to disapprove of Buddhism (docs 4, 6). Chinese government authorities increasingly saw Buddhism as a threat to their political power and moved to discredit it. Imperial Tang advisor Han Yu saw Buddhism as evil, anti-Confucian, and illegal (doc 4). Han Yu’s position and livelihood greatly depends on Confucianism remaining dominant, especially due to the civil service system, which provided him with his government job. Due to this, he is not a very reliable source on how the average citizen and even the Chinese emperor felt about Confucianism remaining dominate (doc 4, POV).
“When you believe that yours is the only way for humankind, millions of people might be killed because of that idea” quoted from the book I read “Living Buddha, Living Christ”. At first, I though many religionists are stubborn, refusing to accept and understand others’ though and idea from another stream of religion. However, the author of this book have given me a deep insight inspiring me to re-think what true meaning of mindfulness, gratefulness and religion are. One important point here is that the existence of confrontations are not necessarily due to religious things. Actually, provided that people from different background can reach a peaceful platform eventually and recognize the significance of respecting other traditions and culture, a basic peaceful world would be established in a foreseeable time without doubts.
Confucianism has had a powerful influence on Chinese culture, and will likely continue to as long as the Chinese people adopt the values into their everyday lives. Although there pure Confucians may not exist in abundance, many others still practice certain aspects of this ideology. As long as humans desire to become better, more respectful people, the centuries old Confucian ideology will continue to have an influence on modern
For a few centuries after arriving in China, Chinese defended and supported Buddhism. Zhi Dun praised Buddhism as providing a path to nirvana, though as an upper class scholar who probably did not personally feel threatened by invading nomads, his testimony does not necessarily reflect the danger lower classes likely felt. (Doc #2) Over time other scholars felt the need to create logical “instruction manuals for how to defend Buddhism against illogical
Despite thousands of miles separating the geographical origins of Buddhism and Catholicism, their respective emergence and diffusion share parallels. The birthplace of Buddhism is located in, beginning with a privileged prince named Siddhartha Gautama (Van Voorst 74). He remained oblivious to the hardships of the common people, for he was accustomed to a life of prosperity. However, several trips beyond his palace prompted him to witness the harsh realities of the world. He encountered a man battling the degenerative effects of old age, a man succumbing to a disease, and a man’s sorrowful funeral (Van Voorst 75-77). Buddha drew on these pivotal events that unfolded during his lifetime to shape the core concepts of Buddhism, with his teachings
Have you ever heard of the religions Buddhism and Judaism.These are two very unique religions and have very different beliefs but then they also have a few things in common so they aren 't totally different. They are both very old religions. So first i will tell you about them and then I will compare them.
Buddhism initially entered China during the first and second centuries through Silk Road. But at that time, the stability and prosperity of Han dynasty ensured that Buddhism held little appeal for native Chinese. Moreover, the Indian culture from Buddhism sprang was at odds with Chinese understandings of the world in many ways. The Han dynasty did not allow Buddhism to grow; however, 100 years after the collapsed of Han Dynasty, Buddhism started to spread rapidly in China. Because it provided comfort in the face of the collapsing society. Moreover, Nomadic rulers who governed much of northern China, found Buddhism useful in part because it was foreign. During the Tang dynasties (618-907 C.E), Buddhism have shaped China by bringing wealth and great achievements. Such being largely exempt from taxation and owning large estates that ran businesses such as water mills, pawn shops, oil presses; collected gems, gold and lavish works of art. However, Buddhism during the Tang dynasty have never achieved the independence from state authorities that the Christian Church acquired in Europe. Buddhism did not only shaped China to a better place, it also brought crisis to China. Thousands of monasteries, temples, and shrines were either destroyed or turned to public use because some saw Buddhist establishment a challenge to imperial authority. Moreover, Buddhist were forbidden to use gold,
The years 500-221 BCE are known as the Warring States period in China. During these centuries, there was a great deal of political and social instability throughout China as different states jockeyed for power. This violence made life difficult for many people, and so it is not surprising that some of China’s most important philosophies arose during this time period as ways to cope with social problems. The three philosophies have very different approaches, but all seek to create order from the chaos. Confucianism emphasizes obedience to the social hierarchy, Legalism recommends that leaders enforce harsh laws, and Daoism suggests that its followers take a peaceful approach to circumstances.
The majority of Hindu followers pushed out Buddhist followers, since it clashed with Hindu beliefs and rejected a caste system. Buddhists were becoming persecuted and a dividing wall between the two religions emerged. This conflict led to the a decrease in buddhism in South Asia and in an increase in East Asia. China at the time had a large curiosity in Buddhism and its many beliefs because of the spread of ideas along the Silk Road. Buddhism surged in popularity within China and East Asia, resulting the construction of many Buddhist Shrines. The surge in buddhist followers eventually brought another clash, Buddhists vs.
Yan Zhitui came from a Buddhism devoted family; it was traditional in his family to turn to Buddhism and not reject it. He strongly believed that a Confucian scholar could also be a committed Buddhist and anyone who rejected Buddhism but believed in Confucius was foolish. Although Confucianism and Buddhism eventually became distinct from “each other in depth and shallowness”(blah 185); they still were essentially the same. Buddhism carried five prohibitions that were similar to the “humanity, justice, propriety, wisdom and sincerity of the Confucianism scriptures” (blah 185). Yan became very devoted to Buddhism and never let his beliefs in Confucianism get in the way of that.
It can be said that opposites attract as well as complement each other. Within the religions of Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto lay harmony, respect, and ethical behavior towards nature, ancestors, oneself, and others. Although Daoism and Confucianism are native to China and Shinto to Japan, East Asian cultures integrate these religions and practices with openness and acceptance. They are the light and dark without reference to good or bad as the opposites necessitate one another. (Fisher, 2014, 201) Instead the interwoven religions of Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto compliment each other in addition to having distinct differences.
Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism each have their own ideal practitioners described in their teachings. These ideal practitioners provide a role-model and an ideal path for their followers. They also help followers and outsiders understand the important values of each tradition.