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th Lecture 6 Buddhism February 8 2012Midterm next week check blackboard for mid term test guidelinethFebruary 15 midterm testDecline in Buddhism in indiath Buddhism disappears out of Indian by the 12 century Religious tolerance during the reign od ashoka King Asoka began to appreciate the true implication of the Buddhist relgionBecame more devoted to the Buddhist traditionBuddhism spreads to the subcontinent of india Rock edicts of ashokaPromote his ideas about religious tolerance in Buddhism King ashoka honours members of all religious sects Promotes tolerance of all traditionsrd Around the 3 century Buddhism flourished the subcontinent of india The rise of the Mahayana The Mahayana schools the yogachara an the nagarduna Began to spread to the north west We can see this through the influence of Buddhist artth In the 4 century we have accounts by Chinese Buddhist monks They start writing accounts of their journeys in Indian Fahsien writes in the common area that Buddhism still seems to be flourishing in IndiaFahsien Chinese Buddhistopens up the window to the gupta age nomadic so they left Fahsien traveled through the Ganges plainth Another chiense monk goes to India in the 7 century Hsuantsang he reports he sees a decline in Buddhism in inida He noticed in the south that a lot of monasteries were destroyedth 712 Muslim Turks invade northwestern and western Indiabeginning of the 8 century the Turks invade the north and destroy Buddhist temples and monasteries Lay Buddhist community began to look for inspiration else where because the philosophical ideas lost contact with ordinary people it became to difficult and was to philosophical Too abstract so ordinary people sought other traditions were the rituals were more accessible Lost of contact is another reason why Buddhism starts to disappear in Indiath By the 12 century the muslim turks invade India again an the universities monastic sangha and communities were destroyed th By the 13 century Buddhism was basically gone in India Establishment of Muslim roots in IndiaPolitical and religious statement Coexist had to follow they could not possibly conquer India because of the strong Hindu tradition Hindus make up 80 percent Muslims 13 percent and Buddhist less than 1 percent in India Buddhism spreads to chinaBuddhism comes to china around the first century of the common era During the Yung Ping era the emperor had a dream about a golden man the Buddha subject of the emperor dream The assistant at the academy along with others went to India to make inquiries about Buddhism Kasayapa Matanga spread dharma Buddhism was brought through merchants from central asia through a trade group called the silk road which developed before the reign of Yung Ping The silk road was a route for trading all types of products the main commodity is silk
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