How does Buddhism Influence and Affected Chinese Thought and Culture?

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The theories of various Buddhist schools, through long-term research and widespread propagation, have had lasting influence on Chinese thinking. For instance, it is commonly acknowledged in philosophical circles that the Neo-Confucianism of the Song and Ming Dynasties was obviously generated, to a great extent, by a impetus and impact of the doctrines of Avatamsaka, Chan, as well as other Buddhist schools. In the late Qing Dynasty, the study of Buddhism became fashionable among Chinese intellectuals. A number of leading scholars and pioneers of democratic movements, such as Tan Sitong, Kang Youwei, Liang Qichao, and Zhang Taiyan made good use of some Buddhist ideas. Buddhist theories of love and compassion, equanimity, impermanence and egolessness inspired and encouraged the intellectuals at that time. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)

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