Growth of Japanese Culture
Japanese Forms of Buddhism By: Joseph Xu
Buddhism Spreads of Japan
Buddhism started in India in 500s B.C. and arrived in Japan in the 500 A.D., it was given to Japan as a gift from Korea. Buddhism spread really quickly because it went along with Shinto; Prince Shotoku also encouraged it. Over centuries, many different forms developed; each were a little different.
Some forms of Buddhism succeded while other forms did not, the ones that were favored succeded. In the 1100s, Zen, a form of Buddhism, became more and more common because it put emphasis on self-imphasis and meditation and people liked this. Samurai like this because it gave them inner calm in battle, artists like its simplicity; Zen later spread to the west.
Essential Question: How did the Japanese adapt Buddhism?
Review Question: How was Japanese society affected by Buddhism?
It was affected by Buddhism because they made most of their religion about Buddhism.