A History of Japanese Buddhism by Kenji Matsuo

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By Kenji Matsuo

This primary significant examine in English on eastern Buddhism through certainly one of Japan's such a lot amazing students within the box of non secular stories is to be broadly welcomed. the focus of the paintings is at the culture of the monk (o-bo-san) because the major agent of Buddhism, including the old procedures during which priests have constructed eastern Buddhism because it looks at this time.

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7 of course, we cannot ignore Shinto# when studying Japanese Buddhism. According to a 1997 survey, some 70 per cent of Japanese visit a shrine at New year (hatsumo#de), and over 50 per cent celebrate the birth of a new baby (hatsumiya), or their child’s third, fifth and seventh birthdays (shichigosan), by making a shrine visit. however, in this book I do not consider Shinto# in detail because my focus is purely on Buddhism, but see page 38. For readers wishing to understand Shinto#, I would recommend the following title which provides a good introduction: Nobutaka Inoue, Satoshi Ito#, Jun endo# and mizue mori: Shinto# A Short History, translated and adapted by mark teeuven and John Breen (richmond: routledgeCurzon, 2003).

In China, as only the ordination brought from China by Jianzhen was authorized, monks from Enryakuji were treated as shami in China. 4 In other words, the state allowed Enryakuji monks to carry an invalid certificate5 with them to visit China. 6 In this book, he demanded that his students become the nation’s valuable assets that would light one thousand miles and protect one corner. ) It is clear that saicho# attempted to educate official monks who would become national treasures to protect the state.

A man from the Korean kingdom of Ko#rai 高麗 (Koguryo#) who had left the priesthood, to train three women as nuns. One of them was a daughter of a man named shiba tatto, and the rest were her servants. ). We can readily understand that people at the beginning of the eighth century saw the ordaining of these three nuns as the origin of Japanese Buddhism. Later, these three nuns went to Packche to study more about Buddhism, returning to Nara in Japan in 590. 17 03 Chapter 02 HJB:Master Testpages HJB 10/10/07 11:21 Page 18 A History of Japanese Buddhism It is thought that the Japanese hesitated to accept Buddhism as it had arrived as a foreign religion, whereas the shibas and other families who had come to Japan from the Korean peninsula showed little resistance to it.

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