Did any historical factors influence the monist tendency of East Asian religion?

Feb 2017
214
Canada
Just wondering why the distinction between dualism in 'Western' religions, as opposed to the monism in East Asian religions like Buddhism and Taoism.

Was this completely random, or is there a reason for it?
 

Bart Dale

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Dec 2009
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And Buddhism is not really an East Asian religion.
While Buddhism originated in South Asia, the versions of it practiced i East Asia are distinct and could be considered East Asian religion.

Kind of like Christianity. Although Christianity originated in the Middle East, you can't really consider the Roman Catholic Church and Protestantism as Middle Eastern religions.
 

robto

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Jun 2014
6,172
Lisbon, Portugal
While Buddhism originated in South Asia, the versions of it practiced i East Asia are distinct and could be considered East Asian religion.

Kind of like Christianity. Although Christianity originated in the Middle East, you can't really consider the Roman Catholic Church and Protestantism as Middle Eastern religions.
That's actually true.
 

Bart Dale

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
7,095
And Buddhism is not really an East Asian religion.
While Buddhism originated in South Asia, the versions of it practiced i East Asia are distinct and could be considered East Asian religion.

Kind of like Christianity. Although Christianity originated in the Middle East, you can't really consider the Roman Catholic Church and Protestantism as Middle Eastern religions.

In religion, it seems more that the religions of India are monistic. And panethism in the West tends toward be monist. The Indian belief in avatars, and different gods are a really different aspects of the same god tend to promote a monist tendency, I thin,
 

heavenlykaghan

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Mar 2012
4,437
Buddhism doesn't even need to have theism involved for practice. The supreme truth is emptiness of all phenomenons, not monism. Even monism is empty and dependent on plurality to exist.
 
Jun 2012
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chandigarh
Buddhism doesn't even need to have theism involved for practice. The supreme truth is emptiness of all phenomenons, not monism. Even monism is empty and dependent on plurality to exist.
Hinduism is more monoist compared to Buddhism.