Mahayana Buddhism’s Influence on Chinese Society

发布日期:2017-12-28   字体大小:   


Northern Buddhism is widely known as Mahayana Buddhism, also called Buddhism of the Multitude. Mahayana Buddhism is centered in China and has influenced Japan, Vietnam, Korea and even Europe and America. It is a product of reform of Buddhism. Its widespread dissemination is, to a large extent, the result of the effort of Bodhisattva Nagarjuna. Bodhisattva Nagarjuna is a very important personality after Shakyamuni and composed many discourses on the sutras.
After introduced to China, Mahayana Buddhism was infused with Confucianism and Taoism and became known as Ch’an Buddhism. Northern Buddhism as part of their spiritual and self-development practice engage in manual labor and agriculture to make the temple productive and self-sufficient. Shaolin Temple today has kept up with this practice. Mahayana Buddhism has left a lineage of Bodhisattvas and sutras. A Bodhisattva and one sutra could make up a sect. There are also many means of living, which is one main difference from Southern Buddhism. (From Shaolin Temple in My Heart)