BUDDHISM IN CHINA
is an important foreign influence that has had a significant impact on
the lives of the Chinese people. Buddhism in China is both a philosophy
and a religion. It has shaped our language, our food, our arts including
our sculpture and has directly inspired the characteristics of the
It was introduced to China in the first Christian
century, its influence rose steadily throughout the Northern Wei and
Chin dynasties. During the Sung Dynasty the influence grew under the
influence of a new Confucianism school. Confucians had delved deep into
Buddhism and came back to Confucianism with a new perspective. Buddhism
did not convert these scholars, but it changed the tenor of Confucianism
itself. Confucianism was mainly a philosophy of moral conduct, but
Buddhism possessed a logical method. Buddhism declares a futility of the
world and offers a refuge from the pains and vicissitudes of this
earthly life. Apart from the negative aspect which is a protest against
life, there is an aspect of Buddhism which is similar to evangelical
influences, the one that promotes general kindness among the common
people. The Buddhist religion allows for an emotional outlet for the
Chinese people. The most vivid and direct influence that Buddhism
exercises over the believers is through the doctrine of transmigration.
Buddhism has had and continues to have a direct influence on the lives
of the Chinese people.
With everything comes reasoning, Buddha is the
Predestined fate has been arranged by Buddha.
Religion illuminates the bright side of men’s heart.
Honesty is the first step of being a religious person.
The heart of Buddha is the heart to happiness.
Buddhism has the meaning of perceiving.
Buddha is equal to everybody with his time.
The Buddha and the Sage come to together, both are creatures with divine
Man should listen to Buddha’s warning.
Buddha says: “Let it go, do not hold it tight..”
Buddha says: “Everything depends on one’s attitude.”
It is rather to be a pagan than lost in religion.
Tao is in different religions: Bible says, Tao and God share same
existence; Muslim says, we are pursuing Master’s Tao; Laozi says, Tao
can be told is not universal Tao; Confucius says, it is rather to born
in the morning and die in the dusk, after hearing Tao; Buddha says, Tao
is a universal principle, Tao is nature.
Man’s law is conditioned by earth; earth’s way is conditioned by heaven;
heaven’s way is conditioned by Tao; Tao’s way is conditioned by nature.
A merciful man does not have worries; a wise man does not have
confusion; a brave man does not have fear; they are having a happy life.
A peaceful head is connected with a clear heart.
Yao, a mythical monarch built a system with 10
heavenly stems and 12 mundane branches. The later were correspond to 12
animals. Each animal not only related to one year in a 12 years circle ,
connected with 2 hours of every single day. One’s
future could be tell by this intriguing system.
Among these 12 animals, certain animals are belonging to Yang,
certain animals are belonging to Yin. Yang is positive, Yin is negative.
There is a variable percentage Yin in Yang, also Yang in Yin according
to different ones. This astrology wheel has been pushed forward by
interplay between the two .