Buddhism and creativity
Buddhism is one of most intelligent philosophy and religion. Kung Fu Panda film has the best metaphor for Buddhism as scroll in the movie. At end, every thing is `empty' or `nothing'. In deed, even universe is nothing or meaningless at end.
To fully comprehend wisdom of Buddhism needs great intellectual reasoning. But such realization or wisdom of universe is also self-defeating in real life. In other word, it is too smart for its own good. People truly embrace Buddhism will not try hard to achieve in real life.
China gradually lost its creativity edge after arrival of Buddhism. People of Buddhism belief will not face challenge head on and progress. In stead, they will endure or avoid problem with mind of fatalism because every thing is nothing at end.
Most creative time of China was Spring-fall and War State era. Intense competition between Han-speaking states encourage novel idea which might bring domination over other states. At the same time, Buddhism was not yet in China.