Buddhism in Japan

One of the greatest aspects of Chinese culuture that arrived in Japan around 500 D.C.E. was Buddhism. Heres a little background information about Buddhism: It was started in the 500's B.C.E. It was started by Siddhartha Gautama (also know as the Buddha). Buddhism in Japan took on four different groups.

Tendia Buddhism

 This form of Buddhism was started by Hui-wen and Hui-ssu.
Tendia Buddhism focused on intesne studying of the texts.
Also, it reinforced that if you help someone else get to enlightment, you are postponing your goal and this is called Bodhisattvayana. Another reinforcement is Srakakayana. Srakakayana is the way of those who seek to be an arhat. Arhat is a perfected person. The final reinforced salvation is Pratyeka-buddhayana. Pratyeka-buddhayana is achieving enlightment alone.


Shingon was popular for its complex rituals and that appealed to many people. Shingon was started by Kukia. This sect of buddhism stressed: May we realize Buddhahood in this very life.

May we dedicate ourselves to the well-being of people.

May we establish the World of Buddha on this earth.

Amida (click here for link)

The next sect of Buddhism I will talk about is Amida or Prue land. Amida was started by the Amida Buddha. He said the only way he would join the Buddhahodd is if he was able to grant everlasting happiness to whoever called his name. Amida buddhism stressed that people might salvation in a pure land after death.

Zen Buddhism

 The Final sect of Buddhism I will talk about is Zen. Zen was spread to China by Bodhidharma, who was a monk from India. Zen stressed that something pericous and divine exists in each person. Also, Zen means "meditation".