The Importation of Buddhism to China
Time: 206B.C.-220 A.D.
Location of Capital: Chang an, in today's Xian, Shannxi Province
Emperors: Han Wudi, Wendi, Jingdi
Replaced by: Three Kingdoms
It is reported that Buddhism was introduced to China was in the later years of Han dynasty.
Buddha was worshiped by some royalty and some of the nobles. At this time, Buddhism was connected with supernatural being and the doctrine of Buddhism was meant to keep the mind and soul clear and quiet. The image of Buddha and the image of Lao Zi were worshiped in the same place. Buddhism did not spread to the common people until the the age of disunity. It was this period that lead to the great development of Buddhism.
The importation of Buddhism has had great influence on the culture of China. From its importation in the early history, Buddhism has developed and passed from generation to generation. It has a deep connection in China’s history.
In following dynasties, Buddhism has been used as a spiritual administrative tool to control thought and behavior. Many Chinese opera and stories were written about it and connecting with it. It is rooted deeply in every Chinese’s thought.
But Chinese people did not choose it as their religion and most of Chinese don’t believe in the Buddhism doctrine. But the Buddhism thought has given Chinese people a new connotation and it was connected to clear and quiet that many Chinese people wished the life-style.