Beliefs about Chinese Buddhism
Now, Buddhism has developed into the most important religion in the country. The latest survey shows that 31% of the people who do not believe in this religion have participated in some Buddhist activities and about 17 million people have already become converts. Now more of those followers come from different walks of life such as the intellectuals, business elites and the common people. Recently, there is a new report, The Chinese Luxury Consumer White Paper 2012, jointly published by the Industrial Bank and Hurun Report, which shows that 39% of the intellectuals and businessmen have faith in Buddhism. Not only the number of the followers is increasing, and the education of Buddhism obtains more attention from the society. Under the Buddhist Association of China, 34 different levels of Buddhist academies as well as almost 50 magazines can be found. Now in mainland China, there are about 13 thousand temples and 180 thousand monks and nuns.
Han Buddhism: With 8, 400 temples and 50 thousand monks, it is the largest branch on the mainland.
Tibetan Buddhism: As the second large sect, it has 3, 000 temples and 120 thousand monks.
Southern Buddhism: Having 8, 000 monks and 1, 600 temples, this sect has the smallest scale.
Famous Buddhist Relics:
|Statue of Confucius|
Confucianism has worldwide influence. In many countries and regions of world such the UK, USA, branches of Confucius Institutes are established in recent years to spread Chinese culture and expand the language. In China, you can find many Confucius temples, which is an important place for the candidates for important exams. In Beijing, They hang some red wooden plates with lucky words in the Confucius Temple in the hope of gaining high marks and a good future.
Famous Confucius Temples:
|The Immortals Worshipped by Taoism|
Famous Taoist Relics:
Being introduced into China in the 7th century in Tang Dynasty, Islam has more than 1, 400 years’ history in the country. Now, Muslims live everywhere, but the highest concentrations are Ningxia Hui Autonosmous Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Gansu Province and even Qinghai Province. Sunni Islam was the main branch worshipped by almost all the Muslims in the country.
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