Introduction to The Buddhist Culture of China

2016-10-27, Anonymous, The Buddhist Culture of China

In the course of its development in China for over two thousand years, Buddhist culture has experienced integration with existing traditional Chinese culture and eventually formed the one with Chinese characteristics which has left deep impact on the religious belief, philosophical concept, literature and art, ritual practice, and customs of the Chinese.

During the eastward infiltration of Chinese Buddhism, such eminent monks as Faxian (337-422) of the Eastern Jin Dynasty who was the first to travel on foot from China to India in pursuit of Buddhism, Xuanzang (602-664) the well-known figure of Tang Dynasty, and Jianzhen (688-763) who attempted to visit Japan for six times and created Vinaya in Japan, actively sought and promoted Buddhism overseas in spite of all hardships. They measured the length and width of Buddhist culture step by step with their individual efforts and narrowed the gap between excellent culture of the west and the east. Their footsteps passed through deserts, sea, snow mountains, and oasis, which perfectly matches with the spirit of the "Belt and Road"(the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road) Initiative proposed by China in the prime time of today.

The flourishing development of Chinese Buddhist culture over 2,000 years shows distinctive epochal, geographical, and national features.  Like an exotic flower rooted in ancient India, The Buddhist Culture of China has spread its seeds from south to north and from west to east on the grand land of China. After absorbing cultural nutrition of the long and splendid Chinese civilization, they eventually became the garden of Chinese Buddhist culture and art in full blossom. Nowadays, the literature, architecture, statues, paintings, music, and dance of Chinese Buddhist culture and art have become an important component of the splendid Chinese civilization. These well-preserved tangible and intangible heritages passed down in the change of dynasties not only demonstrate the achievements and glory of Chinese Buddhism art but also prove the inheritance and innovation of traditional Chinese culture.

President Xi Jinping pointed out at the Forum on Literature and Art that excellent traditional Chinese culture was the spirit lifeblood of the Chinese nation, an important source of nutrition for core socialist values, and the solid foundation for us to gain a firm foothold in the surging tide of world culture. We should carry forward excellent traditional Chinese culture and pass down the spirit of Chinese aesthetics in the new era.

At the 2016 National Conference on Religions, President Xi Jinping emphasized that we should insist on and develop the socialist theory on religion with Chinese characteristics, fully implement the basic principle of the Party for religious affairs, analyze the situation of religious affairs in China, and study the new situation and problems of religious affairs of our country. Through comprehensive improvement of the religious affairs in China, we can better organize and gather religious believers to work together with the general public in China in the efforts to realize "Two Centenary Goals" and the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

Without the inheritance and development of civilization and the promotion and prosperity of culture, we can hardly realize the Chinese dream. Under the forceful support of the State Administration for Religious Affairs and the Buddhist Association of China, The Buddhist Culture of China was established by China Internet Information Center as a multilingual and multimedia platform to promote overseas publicity of Chinese Buddhist culture.

The Buddhist Culture of China is committed to the inheritance and spreading of traditional Chinese culture as well as the protection and sharing of the essence of Buddhist art. In adherence to correct orientation for public opinion, it shows multilingual and omnimedia feature in overseas publicity in its exclusive expertise. On the basis of Buddhist culture and art, it creates the "name card of China" in cultural and artistic exchanges overseas with advanced Internet technology.

Our Purpose: Inheriting traditional Chinese culture and enjoying essence of Buddhism art

Our Concept: Carrying forward splendid Buddhist culture over thousands of years

Our Languages: Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean

Our Sections: Buddhism, Eminent Monks, Architecture, Statues, Paintings & Calligraphy, Music & Dance, Crafts, Information

Our Team: Young people with great passion for Buddhist culture and art at the age of thirty on average

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