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published: 1/18/05
updated: 12/16/13

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Timeline of Chinese Religion




645

Chinese monk Hsüan-tsang returns from India and produces Chinese translations of many Sanskrit Buddhist texts.

843-845

Emperor Wu-tsung, a fanatical Taoist, suppresses Buddhism. 40,000 shrines and temples were closed and 260,000 monks and nuns were returned to lay life.

1271-1368

Yuan/Mongol Dynasty

1310

Neo-Confucianism (Chu Hsi school) began to enjoy orthodox status

1912-45

Republic of China (ROC)

1945-present

People's Republic of China (PRC)