Growth of Japanese Culture

Japanese Forms of Buddhism; By Leyla Lewis

Essential Question

How did the Japanese adapt Buddhism?

Buddhism Spreads in Japan

With help from Prince Shotoku, Japan started to adapt to Buddhism. There are many different kinds of Buddhism:


  1. Tendai ~ Based on study of texts
  2. Shingon ~ Complex rituals
  3. Amida ~ Belief in life after death
  4. Zen ~ Belief of something divine in everyone.


Buddhism shared a place with the Shinto religion.

Buddhism changed much of the culture.

Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism became popular in the 1100s, majorly to artists and samurai. Zen focused on meditation and finding your inner peace. Artist used Zen in simple painting, and samurai believed it would help them in battle. Zen Buddhism is still practiced today.
Religion in Japan