Lecture - Chinese Buddhism

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Chinese buddhism: silk road connect china to mediterranean sea, kushan empire (central asians) took over northwest of india. first reference 65 ce chinese started hearing about. 148 ce buddhist monks came to capital of china and lived there. 166 ce han emperor makes joint sacrifice to lao tzu and the. Buddha y why would the chinese be interested in buddhism (from barbarians : 2 main reasons missionaries are successful. Bringing and advanced culture that impresses the people. People so impressed they freely and happily convert: china already had a very sophisticated civilization. considered themselves the centre of the world, everyone else barbarians. eastern version of the romans: reasons why the chinese accepted buddhism. Came with a lot of written texts y 2nd century ce buddhist texts into chinese. Some monks would have been quite sophisticated y well trained, intelligent monks acting as missionaries. When monks started translated texts, there was not.

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