Buddhism in China

(150 C.E.-660 C.E.)

Chinese Buddhism

Early Tang rulers were not Buddhists, but they allowed Buddhism to be practiced in China. The Chinese supported the building of Buddhist temples.

Chinese Buddhism spreads east.

In the A.D. 300's, Chinese Buddhists brought their religion to Korea. In about A.D. 660s, the Koreans united to form one country. After that, with government support, Buddhism grew even stronger in Korea.

Chinese temples

Belives in Buddhism.

Buddhism is one of the leading world religions in terms of adherents, geographical distribution, and socio-cultural influence. While largely an “Eastern” religion, it is becoming increasingly popular and influential in the Western world. It is a unique world religion in its own right, though it has much in common with Hinduism in that both teach Karma (cause-and-effect ethics), Maya (the illusory nature of the world), and Samsara (the cycle of reincarnation). Buddhists believe that the ultimate goal in life is to achieve “enlightenment” as they perceive it.