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Reading Notes: Japanese had a strong sense of place: “In the subsequeny profusion of creativity, many islands and regions were fromed, each refleicing the Japanese people’s strong senf of place and pluralism” Sexcism in Early Japanese religions: “I am a man and by right should have spoken first. How is it that on the contrary thou, a woman, shouldst have been the first to speak? This was unlucky. Let us go round again.” Shinto in the history of Japanese Religion: In order to create a new religion, one must ask how it is introduced. Considering the fact that in Japan there are already pre-existing religious institution such as Buddhism and Shinto which are not only integratd into the society religiously, but also culturally. One must ask, how can we introduce a new religion with pre-exisitng religious and cultural instiution fo japan. One strategy to tackle this problem is to see analyze how Buddhism was introduced into japan. In order to know what concepts to incorporate into my new religion, its important to first establish a baseline of why. In the article, Shinto in the History of Japanese Religions, Kuroda Toshio explains how Buddhism, a new religion to Japan, used expedient means to incorporate itself into a primarily Shinto society. Initially, Shinto was regarded as a indigenous religion which focused on Ancestor Worship and Kami, which were local deities. When Buddhism was being introduced into Japan, they had to find a way to incorporate itself into the preexisting values of Shinto, specifically rhe veneration of Kami. Toshio explains that traditionally, Japan was closely devoted to its local deities and was once referred to as “a land devoted to its local deites”. When Buddhism was being introduced into Japan, it made a series of doctrinal innovations in order to integrate Buddhist idealogy with local deity worship. For example, one doctrinal innovation that they made was claiming that the kami realized that they themselves are trapped in this world of smasara and transmigration and they also seek liberation through thte Buddhist teachings. Here we see that Buddhism was able to integrate one of its main philosophies of samasara with kami worship. “The Buddha assumes a state in which kami and Buddha are not two different things but are absultely identical” “The kami are simply another form of the Buddha and their form, conditions and authority and activitiy are nothing but the form and the acts by which the Buddha Teaches guides and saves human beings.”
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“Shinto did not coexist aloof from Buddhism, nor did it constitute a non-budhist stronghold within the Buddhist sphere. Rather, its secularity functioned in the final analysis, within a Buddhist world.” “Shinto was looked upon as a skillful means by which the Buddha, in his compassion, might lead people to enlgitheenment or deliver them to his purelnand.
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