In accordance to the accounts of traditions written throughout the 3rd century explained that ascetic life considerably for 6 years was followed by Buddha and it was not realized by him then that following the middle path that is present between indulging and modifying will lead towards achievement of enlightenment. The meditation was resolved by Buddha in comfort of moderate nature until it was evident to him that he has reached the truth light.
Tang officials and the threat from Buddhism
It was thought by various scholars in multitudes and officials of high ranks that establishment of Buddhism led towards establishment of not only order but also control just as it did under Daoism and Confucianism as religions. Even though there was an instability period prominent in the region, Emperors such as Tang Emperor possessed the belief that China would be poisoned by the grasps of Buddhism and this would in turn undermine the religion of Confucianists and hence making the society into completely weakened (Kalupahana 70). This was due to the Chinese instability result and the Buddhism popularity that gained sight and prevalence in that time. The threat of Buddhism was prevalent amongst those Emperors in power such as Tang Wu as people started looking for an escape from the rulers and they started to establish peace in volatile times. The statement of Wu for the religion of Buddhism on the memorial stated that,
“The Buddha was originally a tribesman from outlying regions. His language is incomprehensible to those who inhabit the heartland, and his clothes were of a strange fashion. He did not speak the exemplary words of the early kings, and he did not wear the exemplary garb of the early kings. He did not understand the sense of right that exists between a ruler and his officers, nor the feelings between father and son. (Owen, Anthology, 598)”