Manichaeism and Buddhism especially in China

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Manichaeism and Buddhism especially in China

Postby Rakshasa » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:37 pm

Manichaeism was a very widespread religion from Iran to China, almost rivaling Christianity at one point of time. I had been recently reading about this religion and was surprised how "close" to Buddhism it was, especially after adopting many Buddhist ideas and terms in China (just like how Taoism was doing). The founder of White Lotus sect in China against the Qing dynasty was also a follower of Mani.

This scholar here has done a pretty detailed research upon it (which I am yet to study properly):
http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j& ... mk&cad=rja

Upon researching further about it, I came to know that there is also a Monijiao Buddhist sect in China:
http://monijiao.org/

They do everything like normal Buddhists, which is pretty surprising for a religion originating in Iran!

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Re: Manichaeism and Buddhism especially in China

Postby Rakshasa » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:47 pm

Could it be that many Buddhist sects like "Pure Land" were influenced by Manichaeism? Could "Kingdom of light" be the same as Sukhavati? Or it is the other way round? Mani, the prophet, was known to have travelled to Afghanistan at one point of time, so it is pretty clear that he was aware of Buddhism.

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Postby Greg » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:21 am

There is also a brief discussion in an article entitled "Manichaeism Meets Buddhism: The Problem of Buddhist Influence on Manichaeism," by Werner Sundermann in Bauddhavidyāsudhākara: Studies in Honour of Heinz Bechert on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday which is available here:


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