Han Dynasty spread of Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha. Buddhism gradually spread from India throughout Asia to Central Asia, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Southeast Asia, as well as to East Asian countries such as China, Korea, and Japan.With approximately 360 million followers, Buddhism is considered a major world religion.
Buddhism arrived in China at the start of the 1st century from Central Asia by way of the Silk Road. The year 67 saw Buddhism's official introduction to China with the coming of the two monks Moton and Chufarlan.

Nevertheless most of the Chinese gentry were indifferent to these Central Asian travelers and their religion. Not only was their religion unknown but much of it seemed alien and amoral to Chinese sensibilities. Concepts such as monasticism and individual spiritual enlightenment directly contradicted the core Confucian principles of family and emperor. Confucianism promoted social stability, order, strong families, and practical living. Chinese officials questioned how a monk's personal attainment of nirvana benefited the empire. Buddhism was less antithetical to Daoism, the other major religion of China, but at its core Daoism sought harmony with the natural world while Buddhism sought to master the inner world.

To thrive in China, Buddhism had to transform itself into a system that could exist within the Chinese way of life. Thus obscure Indian sutras that advocated filial piety became core texts in China . Buddhism was made compatible with ancestor worship and participation in China 's hierarchical system. Works were written arguing that the salvation of an individual was a benefit to that individual's society and family and monks thus contributed to the greater good.

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What was the condition of Buddhism in the period between the Han and the Sui dynasties

it was not a native religion but it adpted to Chinese ways and thrived during this period.

HOw did buddhism spread north during the Han dynasty?

For hw.

The silk road, which brought contact with the The Kushan Empire of northern India - Afghanistan.

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