Buddhist Impact on Chinese Culture (English)

In: Asian Philosophy   ;  23 ,  4  ;  305-322  ;  2013

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The Chinese traditional culture includes three systems of thought: Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. The first two are Chinese culture, and Buddhism is a foreign religion introduced from India. Although there had been conflicts among the three systems of thoughts, but integration is the mainstream in the development of Chinese cultural thought. Thus, Chinese culture has developed into a system by uniting the three religions into one with Confucianism at the centre supported by Daoism and Buddhism. For over 2,000 years, Buddhism has interacted with all levels of Chinese culture such as literature, philosophy, morality, arts, architecture and religions. As a result, Buddhism has successfully integrated into the traditional Chinese culture and has become one of the three pillars. In this paper, I will discuss the Buddhist impact on Chinese culture from the following four points: (1) philosophy and moral teaching; (2) religions and popular beliefs; (3) language and literature; and (4) art and architecture.

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Buddhist Impact on Chinese Culture
Guang, Xing | 2013
Mettābhāvanā in Traditional and Popular Buddhist Contexts
Patel, Deven M. | 2013
Fields of Merit, Harvests of Health: Some Notes on the Role of Medical Karma in the Popularization of Buddhism in Early Medieval China
Salguero, C. Pierce | 2013
Re-Creation of Rituals in Humanistic Buddhism: A Case Study of FoGuangShan
Yu, Xue | 2013
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Bruno, Tim | 2013
Editorial Board
| 2013