Japan The Flourishing of Buddhism

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Japan - The Flourishing of Buddhism

The flourishing of buddhism

In the time of disunity and violence, deepening pessimism increased the appeal of the search for salvation. Kamakura was the age of the great popularization of Buddhism. Two new sects, Jodo (Pure Land) and Zen (Meditation), dominated the period. The old Heian sects had been quite esoteric and appealed more to the intellectuals than to the masses. The Mount Hiei monasteries had become politically powerful but appealed primarily to those capable of systematic study of the sect's teachings. This situation gave rise to the Jodo sect, based on unconditional faith and devotion and prayer to Amida Buddha. Zen rejected all temporal and scriptural authority, stressing moral character rather than intellectual attainments, an emphasis that appealed to the military class. Growing numbers of the military class turned to Zen masters, regarded as embodiments of truth.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

The History of Zen Buddhism in Japan | Antariksa Sudikno
Flourishing of Buddhism in the Tang Dynasty by John
The History of Buddhism in Japan - LIVE JAPAN (Japanese
Japanese Buddhism #2: End of the World Belief, Pure Land
A Brief History of Buddhism in Japan - ThoughtCo.com is

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