Japanese Buddhism: a cultural history

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Kosei Publishing Co., 2000 - Religion - 232 pages
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Buddhism was founded in India more than two thousand years ago, but the Japanese molded it to suit their culture, and it became one of the most enduring and far-reaching cultural and intellectual forces in JapanAEs history. The stamp of Japanese Buddhism is unmistakable in the nationAEs poetry, literature, and art; and the imprint of JapanAEs indigenous culture is clear from the amalgamation of pre-Buddhist worship and esoteric Buddhism in the practice of the Shugendo ascetics. JapanAEs Buddhism and the nationAEs cultural infrastructure are so inextricably linked that it is impossible to understand one without the other.Japanese Buddhismis both a history of Japanese Buddhism and an introduction to JapanAEs political, social, and cultural history. It examines Japanese Buddhism in the context of literary and intellectual trends and of other religions, exploring social and intellectual questions that an ordinary history of religion would not address.

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Contents

Preface
7
Editorial Note
9
Early Japan and the Arrival of Buddhism
13
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Yoshiro Tamura (1921-89) was one of JapanÆs most outstanding scholars of Buddhism. At the time of his death, he was professor of Buddhist studies at TokyoÆs Rissho University.

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