The Role of Buddhism in the Cultural Change of Japan and Korea in China's Cultural Pathway During the Postclassical Period
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Which role did Buddhism play in cultural change of Japan and Korea into China’s cultural and political path during the postclassical period?
As early as 5th century, due to Chinese outstanding civilization and remarkable innovations in technology and economy, neighboring cultures started imitating China. Japan and Korea adopted most of Chinese cultural and political practices during this period. Buddhism, a religion China picked from India and was passed to Korea and Japan from China played a big role during the cultural transformation. This research topic seeks to answer the question of the role Buddhism played during the cultural transformation. To answer this question, the following six significant sources will be analyzed, whose perspectives are similar but different in various arguments.
Lewis Mark (2009). China’s Cosmopolitan Empire. 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...
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