Day 1: Buddhism among Han Chinese

At her home in Luoyang, China, Mya lights incense almost every day – every time she prays, performs a ritual, or meditates. The incense is made of sandalwood, releasing a fragrance and small line of smoke that helps her to concentrate. She asks the bodhisattva to help her with her daily problems and achieve success. 

Mahayana Buddhism travelled to China 2000 years ago from India along the Silk Route. It was adopted by many and incorporated into the traditional Chinese beliefs in Confucian teaching and Daoism religion. This mixture of religious belief became part of the culture of the society. 

When the Communist Party assumed power in 1949 all religion was regarded as outdated and unscientific. During the Religion is heavily regulated in China, making it difficult for the growing Christian population to share their faith. Pray for opportunities for Chinese Christians to share their testimonies with Buddhist friends and neighbors. REVELATION 5:8-9 describes the prayers of the people of God as incense. Pray for the Buddhist people of China to sing a new song at the throne of God, as prophesied in this scripture. Pray for Chinese Buddhists looking to meet their spiritual needs, that they will find all they need in Christ. (COLOSSIANS 2:8) Buddhism among Han Chinese Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-76), Buddhism was targeted along with all other religions and efforts made to erase it from the country. However, in recent years, along with Christianity, Buddhism has seen something of a revival with estimates of up to 245 million Chinese Buddhists following several schools of Buddhism. 

The veneration of Maitreya, the bodhisattva of compassion, is common as are various schools of meditation. Nevertheless, most Han Chinese would say they are not religious. Although most Chinese seek success and wealth many come to realize that this does not bring peace and satisfaction.

Religion is heavily regulated in China, making it difficult for the growing Christian population to share their faith. Pray for opportunities for Chinese Christians to share their testimonies with Buddhist friends and neighbors.

WAYS TO PRAY:
REVELATION 5:8-9 describes the prayers of the people of God as incense. Pray for the Buddhist people of China to sing a new song at the throne of God, as prophesied in this scripture. Pray for Chinese Buddhists looking to meet their spiritual needs, that they will find all they need in Christ. (COLOSSIANS 2:8)

Sourced from the Buddhist Prayer Guide

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