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Buddhism first reached China in the first century, after having spread through the oasis kingdoms along the transcontinental "Silk Road". It was the beginning of gradual absorption of the foreign creed from many different centers representing various types of Buddhism. As a result, the Chinese w…

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Zürcher, Erik, “Buddhism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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