Buddhist ceremonial tea was first brought to Korea by the monks who had come back from China to bring Buddhist culture to Korea. Although it was already used in ancestral ceremonies, it then became widely used in Buddhist ceremonies. It remained this way until Confucianism took over in the 14th century and tea became prohibited (Overview). Not only did Buddhism change Korea, but Korea also changed Buddhism. Although Korea adopted Buddhism from China, Korea used it according to their own culture and spirit.
To an outsider they can seem mystical or even odd, but these are the paths to enlightenment and spiritual salvation. Throughout the centuries, Buddhism has evolved into a major religion in Asia and other parts of the world. The mystical roots of Buddhism can be traced back to the first century BCE. Buddhism began with the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. When Siddhartha was born he was noticed as having “the 32 auspicious signs of an enlightened one” (Clark and Brown 3).
Harvard: Harvard University Press According to Lewis (2009, Pg 154) when the rise of Chinese Tang Dynasty at the start of 7th century, Buddhism reached out more people and became an integral element of Chinese culture which greatly influenced Art, Literature, Sculpture, Architecture and Philosophy as well. Schools in China started teaching Buddhism which was translated into various texts and basically Buddhism continued to influence Chinese life from religion, politics to cultural life (Lewis 2009, Pg 154). Chinese cultural and political institutions were embedded into Buddhism. Buddhism spread to Japan and Korea which saw the entire East Asia have a common culture embedded in Buddhist faith. This common religion among China, Japan and Korea is what saw significant movement of individuals seeking education and sacred objects (Lewis 2009, Pg... ... middle of paper ... ...edir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=the%20spread%20of%20chines%20culture%20in%20japana%20and%20korea&f=false>.
Chinese Buddhism entered China a few centuries after the passing away of the Buddha, at a time when Confucianism and Taoism were the predominant religions in a country that was as a big as a continent and rivaled India in historical antiquity and cultural pluralism. In the early phases of its entry, Buddhism did not find many adherents in China. Confucianism was the official philosophy of China. Confucius himself was not very interested in the ideas of a God, an afterlife, heaven, and other ideas that we associate with religion. However, when Confucianism became the official philosophy of China, religious functions were incorporated into it.
(Eliade, M. p.16-29) The spread of Buddhism into China began in Central Asia and was facilitated by the efforts of the Indo-Scythian king Kanishka (Encyclopedia Britt. 273-274) of the Kushan dynasty which ruled in northern India, Afghanistan and parts of Central Asia in the 1st and 2nd centuries (Encyclopedia Britt. 274). He is said to have undergone an Ashoka-like conversion upon seeing the slaughter caused by his campaigns. Around the beginning of the common era, Buddhism started to filter into China from Central Asia via the Silk Road, brought by monks, merchants and other travelers.
For, example Buddhists and Hindus believe in reincarnation and the idea of enlightenment. Both religions also have many literary works. For Hinduism, texts include the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. For Buddhism, the Tripitaka contains a compilation of the many teachings of Buddha. The strict caste system of Hinduism caused many people from the bottom of the caste to turn towards Buddhism.
Other rulers helped in the spread of Buddhism because they found ways to add status and a sense of legitimacy in their rule and as a result two types of Buddhism began to emerge. There were two types of Buddhism known as Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism was the accepted type of Buddhism, which was the part that made Buddhism a universal religion. Mahayana Buddhism... ... middle of paper ... ...on where the religions spread through different parts of nations. Buddhism spread in Southeast Asia where else Christianity spread in the Western Europe.
The principles, elements and structures of Buddhism have been practiced for hundreds of years. Artistic renditions of Buddha have also been portrayed in many different ways. Drawings, sculptures and statues are just a few of the many types of art forms created since the beginning of Buddhism. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has many different stylistic artworks that are exceptionally intriguing. In particular, I have chosen two pieces of artwork I consider to be most interesting.
The Buddhist Stupas were initially used for burial purposes but later there purpose was altered and people of Buddhist religion began to use it for many things including manuscripts. Shaeq Ahmed Trade of India and China . At the time of the Han Dynasty, general trade began over the Silk Road, which was a network of trails that stretched 4,000 miles from China extending to the Roman Empire. At the time the Chinese were unique in their knowledge of how to raise silkworms and weave silk. Chinese silk was extremely expensive.