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According to the documents 5 and 7, the Chinese began to oppose Buddhism and considered it bad for the civilization as it wasn’t native to China, and hindered with the economy of the empire. In document 5, Han Yu, a respected court official and a confucian scholar wrote an open letter to the emperor hoping that the emperor’s takes measures to eradicate Buddhism. He says that Buddhism wasn’t native to China and the lifestyle of a monk didn’t conform with the Chinese laws. Han Yu believed that Buddhism was a cult of Barbarians who were setting up a bad example for the people of China.This letter was addressed to the Tang Emperor, in order to inform him the about the bad influence of Buddhism and how it contradicted with Confucian norms. Han Yu hoped that if he could convince the emperor that Buddhism was bad for his subjects and the empire, the Emperor would take measures to ┬árestrict the power of the monks, and eventually, eradicate Buddhism from China. The Emperor had the power to make laws and rules that could bring about changes and deal the final blow to Buddhism.In document 7, Emperor Wu stated that Buddhism was hindering with the the economy of China. The monks relied on silk workers and farmers for clothes and food. This demand was difficult to meet, especially in times of shortage of labor as most became monks. He also stated that Buddhism causes one to break the Confucian norms they had been following before Buddhism was introduced in China. Altogether his aim was to take measures to eradicate Buddhism from China.Emperor Wu addressed this message in c. 845 AD. At this time, China was going through the Anti-Buddhist Backlash. Numerous emperors were creating new laws and making changes that were aimed to reduce the power of the Buddhist monks and nuns. Some destroyed monasteries, some issued taxes on the land of the monasteries and some took charges to eradicate Buddhism.There were numerous emperors who attempted to make new laws, thereby reducing the power of the Buddhist monks, but none were as intolerant as Emperor Wuzong (r.841-847 AD). Before his reign, the Buddhist monks accumulated loads of wealth, land and resources. Upon coming to power, Emperor Wu started persecuting Buddhists. He destroyed thousands of shrines and sent numerous monks back to the farmland. The monks and their slave workers were once again subjected to taxation and the monastery land was given to landlords for taxation. Never again were the Buddhist monks allowed to have wealth and political power which they had enjoyed during the first centuries of the Tang rule. This shows how Emperor Wu kept his word in document 6 and restricted the power of the Buddhist monks. He would have eradicated Buddhism from China had his reign been longer.

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