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    Posted: 12-May-2009 at 21:57
This article argues that Buddhism was already in China centuries before Han dynasty (the dynasty during which the great Indian religion was introduced to China as it is conventially thought). It says that the first emperor Qin Shihuang was already banning Buddhist preaching and closing monasteries.
 
 
 "A researcher has said that the first emperor of a united China could go down in history not only for the Great Wall or the terra cotta army of guards and horses, but also for his attempt to crush Buddhism by banning it.

"China's first and most influential history book, the Historical Records, stated clearly that Emperor Qin Shihuang (259 BC-210 BC) strictly banned Buddhism and Buddhist temples," said Han Wei, a noted researcher with Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeology."
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It's an interesting viewpoint. As I know, "there are sages in the west," said Confucius, the word "sages" is considered as Buddha by some chinese scholars. But I don't think that buddhism had got powerful influence to make Qin Shihuang scared to ban Buddhism and Buddhist temples at that time.
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It's interesting that the author of the theory claims that the ban on Buddhism was already actually described in Shiji.

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