Japanese Buddhism

Updated: 10/7/2021
Japanese Buddhism

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  • Japanese Buddhism
  • Buddhism was formally introduced to Japan in 550 - Korean rulers of Paekche present the emperor of Japan with an image of Sakyamuni Buddha
  • Prince Shotoku (573–621) sent Japanese scholars to learn from Chinese monks about Buddhism and it soon became the official religion of Japan
  • The first major center of Japanese Buddhism was established in Nara - Buddhist structures and temples began to be erected throughout the city
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  • Heian period (794 – 1185) - Tendai and Shingon schools, originating from China, were founded by scholars Kukai and Saicho. The Pure Land school (centered around devotion to Buddha Amida) native to Japan was founded by Honen, a former Tendai preist.
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  • Nichiren
  • "Honor to the Lotus Sutra of the True Dharma"
  • Kamakura period (1185–1333) - Zen, Nichiren, and Jodo Shu schools are founded
  • Zen - focus on meditation... enlightenment is reached during “Satori” (spiritual awakenings)
  • All those who follow Amida Buddha will be reborn in the Pure Land ...
  • Jodo Shu