Growth of Japenese Culture

Japenese Forms of Buddhism -summarized by Makena Shilich

Buddhism Spreads in Japan

Buddhism began in India and spread to China, Korea, and the Japan in the 500s.

With the support of Prince Shotoku Buddhism spread in japan. Buddhism had a very powerful influence on Japanese culture, it taught the Buddhist that happiness and peace could be gained by living a life of virtue. There was other types of Buddhism which was four other types of Buddhism which was

  • Tendai Buddhism- they focused on really intensive studying of the text.
  • Shingon- which attracted people who followed and appreciated complex rituals.
  • Amid (Pure Land)- they believed that after death the would slaves in a pure land.
  • Zen- believed that each person is precious and divine.

Zen Buddhism

Some Buddhism sects failed, and some went far, including the Zen Buddhism. Zen was very simple, peaceful, and they just wanted you to meditate. Ironically Zen means, meditation. The Zen wanted you to believe that you were going to achieve in life, and not worry about becoming a slave. Being simple influenced Japan culture, it helped bring peace to the people fighting in the war, and artist liked the idea of being simple because it reflected on their simple paintings which were, dark black lines on simple white paper.

Essential Question and Review Question

  • Essential Question- How did the Japanese adapt Buddhism? it spread rapidly and it was a new religion that was practiced by the Japanese.
  • Review Question- How was Japanese society affected by Buddhism? Society was Affected by Buddhism because it was very popular and was very common with the people. It helped them find peace and relax, and you could become happy if you lived a leading life.
Zen Buddhism