Buddhism and Japanese Culture Essay by The Research Group

Buddhism and Japanese Culture
Examines the impact of religion on consciousness, art, literature, society, drama and film.
# 19547 | 1,575 words | 7 sources | 1992 | US
Published on Feb 20, 2003 in History (Asian) , Religion and Theology (Buddhism) , Asian Studies (General)

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"The Effect of Japanese Buddhism on Literary and Artistic Culture

Zen has played a major part in shaping the cultural history of Japan. Buddhism established the adoption of natural and spiritual symbols within Japanese art forms. It dominated everyday life, inspired art, literature and theater. It influenced Neo-Confucianism which was the principal philosophy from 1603-1867. Today in modern Japan there are over nine million followers. The Japanese influence has also led to considerable interest in Zen throughout the Western world as people look at ways to come to grips with the problems of society.

Zen Buddhism teaches that the Buddha-nature, or potential to ..."

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