The most fascinating aspect in Korean history prior to the 1500’s is the introduction and influence of Buddhism. Although Buddhism was introduced into the Korean society in early years, it was not accepted until many years later. After acceptance, Korean Buddhism began to grow, develop and spread throughout the country. With Buddhism, came many distinctive aspects. These very distinctive Buddhist characteristics have influenced Korean culture throughout the different time periods in many ways such as art, architecture, spiritual civilization, and Korean society as a whole.
Today, there are about 300 million followers. (Yamplosky) The Indian religion Buddhism, founded in the sixth century BC, is one of the common features of Asian civilization, and Buddhist institutions and believers are found all over East, South, and Southeast Asia. While Buddhism is now just a minority belief in the country of it’s founding, it remains a significant religious and cultural force in Japan today. Buddhism started in India and made its way to China and Korea. From there, it ended up in Japan.
There is a less common name for Shinto that comes directly from the Japanese language, which is “Kami no michi” which also means “Way of the Gods” (Renard 18). While Shinto has existed for more than 2500 years, there is no distinct founder, there is no body of religious law and there is no specific scripture as there are in other religions (Ono 2). Despite all of these differences, historically Shinto has coexisted peacefully with other religions, most notably Buddhism (Robinson). BELIEFS When looking at Shinto, one must realize that it is fundamentally different from most modern religions, especially western religions such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam in that it is polytheistic (DesRivieres 98). According to Shinto, the world is filled with spirits or deities called ‘Kami’ (Renard 18).
Islam and Buddhism Rooted in thousands years of tradition, rituals and practices Islam and Buddhism are at the forefront of the major World Religions. Their influences on culture, politics and society have reached far and wide; from quaint villages in the Middle East to roaring metropolitan areas of China and Japan. Islam is born out of the teachings of the prophet Muhammad, while Buddhism focuses on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. Although many people claim to know these two religions, the reality is that many continue to not realize the great differences between them. While both religions seem very similar in nature, their main differences come from their sacred texts and ritual practices.
For, example Buddhists and Hindus believe in reincarnation and the idea of enlightenment. Both religions also have many literary works. For Hinduism, texts include the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. For Buddhism, the Tripitaka contains a compilation of the many teachings of Buddha. The strict caste system of Hinduism caused many people from the bottom of the caste to turn towards Buddhism.
Aspects of the religion have also moved into the U.S., Growing interest in Asian culture and spiritual values in the West has led to the development of a number of societies devoted to the study and practice of Buddhism. Zen has grown in the United States to encompass more than a dozen meditation centers and a number of actual monasteries (McDermott 2). The Buddhist religion encompasses a large spectrum of people all diverse but united under the words and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. Works Cited Clark, Laura, and Suzanne Brown. Vietnamese Buddhism.
Critical Bibliography / Research Project Which role did Buddhism play in cultural change of Japan and Korea into China’s cultural and political path during the postclassical period? Introduction As early as 5th century, due to Chinese outstanding civilization and remarkable innovations in technology and economy, neighboring cultures started imitating China. Japan and Korea adopted most of Chinese cultural and political practices during this period. Buddhism, a religion China picked from India and was passed to Korea and Japan from China played a big role during the cultural transformation. This research topic seeks to answer the question of the role Buddhism played during the cultural transformation.
All over the world religions change in order to adapt to fit the environments needs. Religions change for many reasons such as the government, or even the religions are being practiced in. The Japanese religion Shinto is no different than any other religion when it comes down to change. For Shinto the biggest amount of change happened around the time of World War II. The changes within Shinto as a whole were mainly due to Japan’s government's authority and law pre-WWII and post-WWII.
Religions and Japanese Culture Many religions are popular within the Japanese culture. Two of the most influential religions, Shinto and Buddhism that help shaped a lot of Japanese values are Shinto and Buddhism, played a large role in shaping Japanese values. Numerous similarities and differences run between these two religions; nonetheless, the Japanese often believe in more than one religion at the same time. This is possible due to the polytheistic nature of most popular religions in Japan. It is not hard to say that religion is a big part of Japanese culture because a lot of religious beliefs can still be seen in their everyday lives.
Culture of Japan The Japanese have been around for many years. They are a very distict population where their culture influences many aspects of our lives. A brief history of Japan will enlighten the many ideas and topics in which explains how and why these ideas play a role in their culture. Shinto is the older animist religion of traditional Japan. However, Japans’ religious status is Buddhism.