China is a multi-religious country. Taoism, Buddhism, Islamism, Protestantism, and Catholicism have all developed in this country. Freedom of belief is a government policy; the constitution protects religious activities. Buddhism spread from India to China some 2,000 years ago, Chinese Buddhism may be classified into three communities: Mandarin, Tibetan and Bali. Many of the Mandarin Buddhist believers are Han Chinese while Tibetan Buddhist believers are people the Tibetan, Mongolian, Yugur, Lhoba, Moinba and Tujia nationalities, and Bali Buddhist believers are people of the Dai and Bulang ethnic groups that mainly live in Yunnan Province. The Buddhist communities are the largest religious communities in China. (Hinsbergh)
China has been well-known under the name of “The Land of Three Religions”. The three religions are Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Taoism and Buddhism were wholly Chinese teachings. However, Buddhism was originally from India, but it came to China during the Han dynasty in the 1st century A.D. These three religions accompanied each other. Taoism was given a place on earth, Confucianism was given a place in society and Buddhism was given hope in a future life.
Asian Americans are a distinctive ethnic group that has made up of 5% of the United States population. It is made of a variety of descendants, from a dozen countries in Far East and Southeastern Asia. Each of these countries have a unique culture, language, and history that has contribute to American culture today. Asia is the birthplace of the world’s major religions which includes Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. From the Civil War to Civil Rights the Asian culture has transformed America socially and culturally. Compared to other
Have you ever thought about Chinese philosophies and Indian religions and how they change or do not change everyday life. Many people may think differently. However I strongly believe that it did affect everyday life.
Among the ancient civilizations of China, India and Egypt, their religion and kingship are strongly related to each other. However, they all have their own concept about how the religious belief plays a role in the authority of the kingship and the connection between the king and the god.
Until very recently, the Chinese religions have remained fairly unknown to the Western world. Unlike the religions that have stemmed from the Middle East or the Indian subcontinent, East Asian philosophies have never had a strong concept of missionary spirit. Therefore, their expanse remained confined to the East Asian nations of China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Mongolia. However, in the last hundred years or so, an increase in political, commercial, and cultural contacts of the East Asian region with other parts of the world broke this trend. This helped to spread the philosophies of East Asian sages all around the globe. Scriptures and traditions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism spread beyond the East Asian region and reached areas far and beyond, thus spreading their concept of harmony, and love for the beauty of nature. Today, a considerable amount of East Asian populations live throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas and continue to influence the people and culture of these regions (Hopfe, 170.) Therefore, to acknowledge the impact of the aforementioned East Asian philosophies on American culture, this essay discusses three significant elements of the American lifestyle — healthcare, cuisine, and art.
Buddhist 18.2%, Christian 5.1%, Muslim 1.8%, folk religion 21.9%, Hindu < .1%, Jewish < .1%, other 0.7% (includes Daoist (Taoist)), unaffiliated 52.2% (14)
Over a long period of time, Buddhism has been an important part of Chinese culture dating all the way back to the Han Dynasty. It was originally apart of Indian culture but on would move to China and become a major part of Chinese life. These cultural interactions that became regularly between China and India affected the people first. The Indian religion most likely was brought by the Silk Road. The Silk Road was an area that would be ideas, culture, and good could be exchanged, so most likely the religion people encountered a traveler or a merchant. The common people were the first to realize the Buddhist religion and they believed that this was an essential
Living in the State of Lu (Qufu City in Shandong Province) during the Spring and Warring Period (770 BC - 476 BC), Confucius was a great educationalist, ideologist and the founder of Confucianism and private schools in China. He was born on September, 8th, 551 BC. Through his righteousness, optimism and enterprising spirit he has influenced greatly the character of the Chinese people from generation to
To begin this question, I have decided to use America’s “Freedom of religion”, and the Government of China. China’s government derived from the statements of Karl Marx, a German economist. Mr. Marx specifically stated that “Religion is the opium of the people”, which means it’s everybody’s drug addiction. What an evil man. China took this seriously and although they have introduced economic freedom they have enforced religious freedom. Their constitution has stated that you can believe what you want, but expression of that belief is not o.k. Only five groups of religion are allowed to practice.
With the rise of ISIS and other radical groups who force their beliefs on others, the question of when and why do people force others to believe a different belief arises. Though historians cannot know for sure the exact time in history when persecution started, they can see forced conversions from Christianity and Judaism have existed for an extensive amount time. Also, the majority of the motives behind the rulers, who force their belief on people, remain a mystery. If one looks back in history, he or she notices that the consequences of not converting to the religion being forced includes death, torture, loss of property, or no government funds. Nonetheless, the most common result was death. Historically, leaders of countries or powerful
This last week the world has said goodbye to Mohamad Ali and bid Queen Elizabeth yet another of her 90 years. One might wonder what a Muslim, Catholic and the Dao have in common. Each with their own ideals these two cultural icons have lived in the Dao. “All humans are part of the cosmic process, the Tao, and are composed of the complimentary forces of yin and yang” (Lecture 6,2014). To live in the Dao one must revere humanities’ bond to humanity by following the five positive human relationships, recognizing and existing in the Ying and Yang by following feng shui of one’s existence (Lecture 6,2014). This conglomeration of practices has grown throughout history to accommodate many traditions into a social religious and political stew of sorts. The Catholics were not to be left undone, as they participated in influencing the political and religious aspects of the Tang dynasty (Ownby, 2003). Some shared ideals that have become attributions of Catholic and Islamic influence include harmony, family and society. It is within these guidelines and shared ideals we may reach common understanding and thereby, sustain peace.
The Guru Granth Sahib is the sovereign active living Guru of the Sikhs. It is a voluminous text, with 1430 pages, compiled and composed during the period of Sikh gurus, from 1469 to 1708. A collection of 5,894 hymns and 1430 pages, the Guru Granth Sahib describes the qualities of God and why you should meditate on God’s name. The hymns are arranged into 31 ragas (musical groupings). Each copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, regardless of its size, is identical with regard to the layout of the pages. Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), the tenth guru affirmed the text as his successor. It remains the holy scripture of the Sikhs and is regarded as the teachings of the ten
Confucius (551 – 479 BCE), was a thinker, political figure, educator and founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought. Confucius was born at Shang-ping, in the country of Lu. His given name was Kong, but his disciples called him Kong-fu-tse, (i.e. Kong the Master, or Teacher.) His father passed away when he was only three years old. Confucius mother Yan-she raised him. During his younger years Confucius showed a love of learning, and an expression of awe for the ancient laws of his country.