Pure Land Buddhism in China: A Doctrinal History, Mochizuki

Popular Great Vehicle Buddhism is very fond of describing and depicting hells and heavens and the many Arhats, best seen in the wall paintings of Dunhuang.



The first Buddhist parishes are found in China in the 1st century AD and focused mainly on the suppression of passions by means of meditation, charity and compassion.

Buddhism and Religion in China - ThoughtCo

Buddhism was a foreign religion to China, but developed its own schools, traits and doctrines.

The Spread of Buddhism in Tang China - Mr. Kash

As says: “That his father was a king implies that he was of the warrior, and not the priestly, class, which echoes Sakyamuni Buddha’s origins.” >

But, in the early part of the 20th century, a great cache of manuscripts dating to China’s Tang period (618-907) was discovered in Dunghuang, China.

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Kannon was originally considered male in the Buddhist traditions of China and Japan, but starting around the 11th - 12th centuries, was commonly portrayed as female in China (less so in Japan).

After achieving enlightenment, he became the 28th successor after  (the Historical Buddha), and then traveled to China to transmit Buddhist teachings.

Mahayana Buddhism is sometimes called Northern Buddhism

Theravada Buddhism spread over Ceylon, Burma and the Indochina Peninsula.
The confession of the Great Vehicle, Mahayana (chin.: Dasheng 大乘), instead spread from Kashmir, Gandhara, Soghdia and Inner Asia into China, and further to Korea and Japan.

Center for Global Education | Asia Society

Buddhism as practiced in Japan and China also granted women some areas of empowerment. Women went on pilgrimages to Buddhist temples, retreated to nunneries, sometimes gave public lectures, and led temple groups. Chinese Buddhism was at its height during the reign of Wu Zetian who promoted the religion and even justified her rule by claiming she was a reincarnation of a previous female Buddhist saint. During Wu’s reign, and throughout the early to mid Tang period, women enjoyed relatively high status and freedom. Lovely Tang era paintings and statues depict women on horseback, and as administrators, dancers and musicians. Stories and poems, like those from the pen of the infamous female poet Yu Xuanji, also attest to the almost modern openness of the period.

The Origins of Buddhism | Asia Society

The maturity and great age of Buddhism in China was the when emperors spent their wealth to establish monasteries and sculptures in different Buddhist caves.

Gender Difference in History: Women in China and …

Communication with the outside world was again permitted, and frontier controls were eased to permit some Tibetans to visit exiled relatives in India and Nepal. By the 1980s many of the principal lamas had begun to shuttle back and forth between China and the exile communities abroad, “restoring their monasteries in Tibet and helping to revitalize Buddhism there.”

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In proper China, Tantrism could only flourish for a short time during the 8th century, and was ostracized because of the obscenity of its secret cults.
The head of Tibetian Lamaism is the Dalai Lama, a title granted to the head of the Yellow Cap sect by the Mongols who helped the Tsong-ka-pa to reform Tibetian Buddhism and to fight against the old Red Cap sect.

Evolution of Daruma Art in Japan

On the other hand, Japanese Buddha art was one which came to Japan from China. It was between the 6th and the 16th century that Buddhist art played its most prominent role. Having gained mass acceptance primarily through scrolls and scriptures, Buddhist art in Japan was influenced heavily from the fact that several of the artists were priests who had learned Buddhism from China and had come to Japan to preach and practice Buddhism, which is the primary reason to which the similarities of Buddhist art between Japanese and Chinese Buddhism can be attributed.