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Early buddhism in China: Daoist reactions

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Offcial accounts of early Buddhism in China are notoriously scarce and they begin to make their appearance when Buddhism already had gained a footing in China. The large distribution of iconographic testimonies on Chinese soil, on the other hand, makes it plausible that some form of Buddhism must have started to intrude into this country already during the first century BC. The text consists of two parts of unequal length and compiled at different times: an introductory narrative, relating Han Emperor Ming's famous dream of a golden person with a nimbus who flew to his palace and was identified as the Buddha. The interactions between the developing Daoism and the in ltrating Buddhism were quite complex and their nature changed with time.

Keywords: Daoism; Early Buddhism; iconographic testimonies



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