Growth of Japanese Culture
Japanese Forms of Buddhism by Brenica Sipin
Japanese Forms of Buddhism
- Tendai- focused on intensive study of texts
- Shignon- attracted followers who appreciated its complex rituals
- Amida- a belief that people might have salvation in a pure land after their death
Zen had a powerful affect on Japanese culture. Many samurais preferred it because they thought it would bring inner peace to them and assist them in battle. Also, many artists liked the simplicity, thus making many japanese paintings simple with dark, black lines. The sects later spread to other countries, becoming popular in the West.
What is Zen?
Many Buddhists had Zen gardens. These gardens are simple and help people think quietly.
Zen is a form of Buddhism. Buddhism spread to Japan in the A.D. 500s.
Samurai also favored Zen. They thought that it will help them gain inner peace and help them in battle.