- in Buddhism it's believed that people could escape their pain and because it was a hard time for the Chinese many converted to get away from their suffering
- early tang rulers weren't Buddhist but they allowed it to be preached
-many Buddhist became nuns and monks and lived in places called monasteries
-Buddhist monasteries provided service, room and food for travelers.
-in AD 800's tang rulers feared the growing of the Buddhist religion
- tang rulers saw it as a enemy to Chinese tradition
-in AD 845 tang rulers destroyed many temples and monasteries. The Buddhist religion was never fully restored