Growth of Japanese Culture

Japanese Forms of Buddhism- Summary by Devin Brownstein

Buddhism Spreads in Japan

Buddhism spread rapidly in Japan with the support of Prince Shotoku. Buddhism blended well with Shinto (meaning way of the gods) because they have similar beliefs. They developed different sects of Buddhism. Many people, to this day, are Buddhists.

Zen Buddhism

Around 1100, Zen (meaning meditation) became more and more popular in Japan. Zen was very simple. It mostly focussed on inner peace. Samurai favored it because the inner peace helped them in battle.
Zen Buddhism