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  Japan, Buddhism and Warlords, to the Kamakura
Buddhism may have arrived in Japan earlier, but the commonly believed time of its arrival in Japan was around the mid-500s, when the Korean king of Paekche was fighting the king of neighboring Silla and wished to ally himself with Japan.
Japan's emperor sent no troops to Korea, and in 562 Japan was forced from its possession in Korea that it called Mimana.
Japan was growing also in population, and they were expanding against indigenous people, including the Ainu, who, on the main island, Honshu, were overrun and pushed farther north.
www.fsmitha.com /h3/h07japan.htm   (4027 words)

 The Development of Buddhism in Japan
Buddhism had a long history and tradition even before coming to Japan, which may have added to the spectacular presentation that accompanied its arrival.
Eventually, Buddhism was adopted by Japanese society and soon it became difficult to imagine that Buddhism was not an original Japanese religion.
Buddhism, unlike many western religions, was able to integrate and adapt to the needs of the Japanese people, such as including the ancient Shinto religion as part of its own identity (Morton, p.28).
www.artsci.wustl.edu /~copeland/matthews.html   (1244 words)

 Sinization of Buddhism in Japan
In Japan, the earliest records are not those made by the inhabitants themselves, but by visiting foreigners or in the annals of the nearby mainland Empire.
Buddhism was at first opposed as a foreign faith likely to incur the wrath of the native nature deities, however it finally became accepted by Emperor Yomei who ascended the throne in 585 A.D (Sebald 13).
It was Buddhism in an early age that caused the abolition of capital punishment.
www.csuchico.edu /~cheinz/syllabi/asst001/fall97/stev-new.htm   (1378 words)

 Japan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
It should be borne in mind that Buddhism arrived in Japan after a very long journey from north India, through Kashmir and Afghanistan, along the Silk Route north and south of the Taklamakan Desert, and then through the whole of China and Korea.
Buddhism remained in the hands of the elite until the twelfth century, and during that period it became more and more involved in the production of this-worldly benefits and protection via the manipulation of spells, magical images and gestures for which I have used the term `tantric'.
Tantric Buddhism, in particular, became involved in the quasi-nationalist enterprise of proving that Japan, as the land of the gods, was not at the end of a long developmental line but was in fact the original home of the buddhas.
www.wordtrade.com /religion/buddhism/japanR.htm   (1226 words)

This is a brief introduction to Buddhism in Japan focusing on the main schools in Japan and terms the student is likely to encounter in the course of readings for HUM 310 Japan.
Buddhism was brought to Japan from China at different periods by various individuals whose studies and practice differ widely.
In Japan, Zen Buddhism has become one of the major forms of Buddhist practice and is the most well-known form of Japanese Buddhism outside of Japan.
cla.calpoly.edu /~bmori/syll/Hum310japan/JBUDDHISM.html   (2034 words)

 Buddhism in China--Japan-Korea   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Later on, this title of Bosatsu was abused by the noble men of Japan, and that abuse was stopped by the edict of the Mikado Iyeyasu in the beginning of the 17th Century.
After the revolution of 1868 AD Buddhism in Japan was separated from Shintoism, which from that year was made the state religion of Japan.
It is popularly known in Japan as the sect of Nishi Hon-gwani at Kioto.
www.hinduism.co.za /buddhism1.htm   (2111 words)

 Japan - Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Buddhism, which originated in India, was introduced into Japan in the sixth century A.D. from Korea and China.
Buddhism introduced ideas into Japanese culture that have become inseparable from the Japanese worldview: the concept of rebirth, ideas of karmic causation, and an emphasis on the unity of experience.
In the early centuries of Buddhism in Japan, scholarly esoteric sects were popular, and the Buddhist influence was limited mainly to the upper class.
countrystudies.us /japan/61.htm   (326 words)

 Japan Omnibus - Religion - Buddhism
Buddhism was practised mostly by the ruling classes until its popularity became more widespread in the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1185-1333) periods, mainly in the form of the Jodo (Pure Land) and Nichiren (or Lotus) sects.
The largest of Japan's so-called New Religions, Soka Gakkai, is an independent organization of the Nichiren sect and supporter of the Komeito political party.
With the mix of Shinto and Buddhism, this belief was connected with the Buddhist teaching against the killing of animals.
www.japan-zone.com /omnibus/buddhism.shtml   (750 words)

 Buddhism Enters Japan
Buddhism is said to have been introduced to Japan from Korea in 552 AD.
Buddhism was viewed as the religion protecting the state and major temples were built there.
The sutras they received were brought to Japan mostly by Korean and Chinese monks and scholars and were in Chinese.
mccoy.lib.siu.edu /~fl102/Buddhism.html   (973 words)

 Great World Religions: Buddhism (Detailed Description)
Buddhism has shaped the development of civilization in India and Southeast Asia; significantly influenced the civilizations of China, Tibet, Korea, and Japan; and has become a major part of the multi-religious world in Europe and North America.
During the T'ang Dynasty (618-907), Buddhism was expressed in a series of brilliant Chinese schools, including the Ch'an School of meditation that came to be known in Japan as Zen.
Buddhism entered Japan in the 6th century and was quickly allied with the power of the Japanese state.
www.teach12.com /ttc/assets/coursedescriptions/6105.asp   (1149 words)

 E-sangha, Buddhist Forum and Buddhism Forum -> Japan
Japan is a wild and heady mix, I hear, a land of startling, wild and stunning contrasts....
Japan is a wonderful place with excellent people, be as Zenly aware and appreciative of it as long as you're there.
As for those gaikokujin's previous experiences in Japan, I feel that most westerners are shocked by their sudden change in social standing in Japanese society (foriegners are second class citizens in Japan) and could therefore leave with a bitter taste in their mouths.
www.lioncity.net /buddhism/index.php?showtopic=30359   (3125 words)

 History of Japanese Buddhism
Nevertheless, during the course of the next half century, Japan witnessed the firm establishment of Buddhism as a religion officially recognized and actively supported by the imperial court, thus overcoming doubts about its efficacy as a means of preventing disease, and also overcoming the fear of the national kami.
Often, Buddhist faith in Japan is connected with absolute devotion to a leader with emphasis on veneration of the founders of sects, and the majority of sects keep close relations to the central governmental authority of their times.
However, the Buddhism of this early period – later known as the Nara period –; was not a practical religion, being more the domain of learned preists whose official function was to pray for the peace and prosperity of the state and imperial house.
buddhism.kalachakranet.org /history_japanese_buddhism.html   (3520 words)

 Buddhism in Japan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The history of Buddhism in Japan can be roughly divided into three periods, namely the Nara period (up to 784), the Heian period (794–1185) and the post-Kamakura period (1185 onwards).
The introduction of Buddhism to Japan is securely dated to 552 in Nihon Shoki, when Seong of Baekje sent monks from the Korean peninsula to Nara to introduce the eight doctrinal schools.
4) Shukongōshin, manifestation of Vajrapani, as protector deity of Buddhist temples in Japan.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Buddhism_in_Japan   (2044 words)

Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, being exceeded in numbers only by Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
Buddhism's Mahayana tradition entered China during the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE).
Buddhism in the West: Southern Buddhism became established in Europe early in the 20th century.
www.meta-religion.com /World_Religions/Buddhism/budism.htm   (1282 words)

 Buddhism - Crystalinks
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy that developed from the teachings of the Buddha Gautama (or Gautama), who lived as early as the 6th century BC.
In China and Japan the practice of dhyana (meditation) assumed sufficient importance to develop into a school of its own (Ch'an and Zen;), in which meditation is the most essential feature of the school.
Buddhism and its founder must be considered on the basis of this social structure which is confirmed in the oldest texts as well as in the modern Oxford History of India.
www.crystalinks.com /buddhism.html   (2690 words)

 Japan's Religion and Philosophy (Shinto, Buddhism,  Christianity, Religion in Japan Today)
When Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the sixth century, it started to have an effect on the Shinto beliefs, and vise versa.
It was introduced to Japan after the king of Paekche in Korea sent a Buddha statue and copies of sutras to the Japanese emperor during the 6th century.
The increase in interest has not added greatly to the Christian base in Japan, probably due to the fact that the belief is in one God, thus eliminating the relaxed polytheism of Shinto and Japanese Buddhism.
www.asianinfo.org /asianinfo/japan/religion.htm   (1615 words)

 Japanese Buddhism
Buddhism was imported to Japan via China and Korea in form of a present from the friendly Korean kingdom of Kudara (Paikche) in the 6th century.
While Buddhism was welcomed by the ruling nobles as Japan's new state religion, it did not initially spread among the common people due to its complex theories.
During the Nara period, the great Buddhist monasteries in the capital Nara, such as the Todaiji, gained strong political influence and were one of the reasons for the government to move the capital to Nagaoka in 784 and then to Kyoto in 794.
www.japan-guide.com /e/e2055.html   (611 words)

 Zen Buddhism in Japan
Japan's two main religions are Shinto and Buddhism, which cover over 80% of the population.
Zen Buddhism was introduced to the West by the writings of D. Suzuki, and interest in the practice of Zen meditation blossomed after World War II, resulting in the establishment of Zen centers all over the world.
Buddhism, under it's various guises plays a large part in many Japanese peoples lives, but buddhist institutions have often been attacked, most recently in the early years of the Meiji period, when the new leaders favoured Shinto as the new state religion and tried to separate and emancipate it from Buddhism.
www.yamasa.org /acjs/network/english/newsletter/things_japanese_20.html   (636 words)

 Buddhism Beginnings - Religion in Japan
Buddhism first came to Japan in the sixth century and played much the same role as Christianity in North Europe, as the means of transmission of a whole higher culture.
Buddhism is the Japanese religion that comes closest to paralleling Christianity, because of its concern for the afterlife and salvation of the individual.
The branch of Buddhism that spread throughout East Asia is called Mahayana, or the “greater vehicle,” which contrasts another belief called Theravada, or the “doctrine of the elders.” Mahayana taught salvation into a paradise that seems closer to the Western concept of Heaven than to the original Buddhist Nirvana.
www.japan-101.com /culture/culture_religion_buddhism_beginnings.htm   (543 words)

 American Buddhism Makes History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Is it the Buddhism of the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT)?
At that time, Buddhism was presented to the court of Yamato by a delegation sent by the Prince of Kudara (a principality in southern Korea) as a sign of homage and friendship.
I wonder if the practitioners of Buddhism in 7th century Japan concerned themselves with whether or not they were practicing “Japanese Buddhism.” My guess is that they just practiced, and were less concerned with the name, or label, they applied to their practice.
www.heartlandsangha.org /history.html   (1165 words)

 Buddhist Studies: Mahayana Buddhism: Japan
Buddhism first entered Japan from Korea in the 6th century AD - about 1,000 years after the death of the Buddha.
Of particular influence in Japan were three texts: the Lotus Sutra, the Sutra of Golden Light and the Benevolent Kings Sutra.
This 17th century Japanese brush and ink handwriting, with its relaxed Zen spontaneity, is one of the exercises practiced by Zen monks.
www.buddhanet.net /e-learning/buddhistworld/japan-txt.htm   (540 words)

 Japanese Buddhism
In Japan, Buddhism underwent further changes that made even ritualists for the kami lose reason for protest: native beliefs were accomodated, and the kami were seen as friendly to Buddhism rather than offended by it.
Strong ties between Buddhism and the government developed: the ordination of monks and nuns was controlled by the court, and temples were supported by taxes, by labor from designated households, and by lands donated by the government along with special tax considerations.
Buddhism was ready for new developments that would flesh out the work of scattered hijiri, reform existing institutions, and break away from the old, established schools to create new ones.
www.cs.ucla.edu /~jmg/ah/budd.over1.html   (3049 words)

Little conflict occurs, because Buddhism at its core is a philosophical system to which such additions can be easily grafted.
Buddhism came to the U.S. in the early 19th century, with the arrival of Chinese and Japanese immigrants to Hawaii and to the west coast of the U.S. mainland.
Today, there are racial and cultural divides in American Buddhism, between nationalities of new immigrants, and between Caucasians and Asians.
www.religioustolerance.org /buddhism2.htm   (820 words)

 japan.html   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Her reign (592-628) marks a high point in the development of Buddhism in the pre-Nara period.
Prince Shotoku, the son of Emperor Yomei, is considered the founder of Japanese Buddhism.
Horyuji functioned as the center of Buddhist studies in Nara and Shitennoji Temple, in Osaka, was the center of social welfare activities.
mcel.pacificu.edu /as/students/cgono/japan.html   (558 words)

 ... About Japan: Template
Japan's most popular Buddhist sect, the Shin or "True" sect, invites a visit to The White Path Temple to learn more about their practices and beliefs.
Jamie Marconi's Images from Japan provides a number of photographs of Buddhist temples and related sights among his rich collection of digitized pictures.
Matthew Johnson's interests are not confined to Shinto; he has amassed and annotated as well a wonderful scrapbook of shuin, "temple stamps" acquired as momentos of visits to various Buddhist sacred places.
www.csuohio.edu /history/japan/japan17.html   (439 words)

 Summary of Japan's Religion and Philosophy (Buddhism, Shinto, Christianity)
Two major currents of religion in Japan are Buddhism, which was brought to Japan in the sixth century, and Shinto, which developed a the nation's folk religion.
Buddhism is divided into a number of sects with the major sects being Jodo Shinshu, Nichiren, and Zen.
Christianity was brought to Japan in 1549 by Spanish Jesuits and propagated until it was officially banned in 1612.
www.asianinfo.org /asianinfo/japan/pro-religion.htm   (436 words)

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