Japanese Buddhism: history, schools, and cultural influence

  • Published on : 25/01/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

Buddhism arrived in Japan from Korea in the 6th century CE and had a profound and lasting impact on Japanese culture. Despite periods of conflict and persecution, Buddhism took root and evolved distinctively in Japan, branching off into several major schools of thought and practice. Today, around 2/3 of Japanese consider themselves Buddhists, although the religion does not strongly impact daily life for most people. Let's explore the history of Buddhism's journey to Japan, the key schools that emerged, their evolution over time, and Buddhism's enduring cultural impact.


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