Japan has been mainly influenced by three different belief systems including Shintoism, where its effect can be seen through the traditions and politics of Japan; Buddhism, whose effect is shown throughout Japan’s celebrations and social activities; and Confucianism, which made effects on the daily lifestyle and education of Japan. Although these three belief systems all have greatly influenced Japan in multiple ways, however, Shintoism’s impact on Japan is the most evident. Shintoism’s influence on Japan is clearly shown throughout the political system and traditional pastime and activities of Japan. Shintoism is a belief system that is originated in Japan. Unlike most belief systems, Shintoism lacks religious texts and spiritual authority.
o 1.0 Introduction As everybody knows that religion has importance in everybody lives as religion defines their personality. Two religions, Buddhism and Hinduism are almost similar to each other. They have many similarities and differences also. This report consists of similarities and differences between this two religions. The founder of the Buddhism religion was Guatama Buddha this religion was founded in 654 BC.
The commonalities and contradictions found in between Hinduism and Buddhism causes for the prevalence of a whole different belief system among the followers. Hinduism, which is considered as an ‘oldest religion’, portrays its doctrines and teachings in the scriptures such as the Vedas, the Puranas and some other epics known as Mahabharata, a remembered passing down stories and Ramayana, a narrative tale. However, the Bhagavad-Gita is considered as the holy book of Hinduism. The Bhagavad-Gita is a Hindu scripture, which is a part of the Mahabharata. This consists of the conversation between Arjuna and Krishna.
2. Development of Pure Land Buddhism The idea of Pure Land Buddhism was raised in China and then spread to other countries, such as Japan and East Asia. (Wallace 2002, 43) It became famous in these countries but there are variations between the ideas. Take Indian and China as examples, Indian think that there would be separate life after rebirth as their present life may be suffering and the life after death should be happy and not connected to the present life. On the other hand, Chinese take rebirth as the continuation of life before death, which the human relations in the present life are connected to the life in Pure Land.
Buddhism had an impact in both empires. However, Confucianism was the official ideology upon the entire Han Dynasty. Their values focused on a system of philosophical and “ethical-sociopolitical teachings”. Han China accented political control around the education of bureaucrats to make more logical decisions. Maurya India, on the other hand, was essentially a Hindu state.
More so, many figures of the Buddha show the typical Chinese garments worn by Chinese scholars during this time: “The Central Asian style of robes is seen on Buddha figures.” This is one reason why the figure is seen reaching for the sky and showing a ritual presence in this figural representation. This is an important aspect of this type of Chinese statuary, which represents a localized version of the Buddha posing as a Chinese
There are approximately 200 million Christians in the US, while Jain numbers are too marginal to count at less than 1% of the population. Christianity is much larger in both numbers and in variety. One of the reasons that Jainism hasn’t spread as far is that they don’t try to convert members of other religions to Jainism, and don’t send out missionaries, while Christianity has had many famous missionaries. Both groups have regular laypeople, and groups who follow the teachings more strictly, like priests and monks. Jainism, as it is known now, was founded by Vardhamana Mahavira in the sixth century BCE.
While some natives genuinely did convert to Christianity, some did so in name only, and many more refused. For centuries the people of India (modern day India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) kept themselves divided into different regions based on religion (as Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims did not tend to get along well) but were all forced together under British rule. Great Britain 's official religion was Christianity, and they wanted their territories to be the same. The people of India were not thrilled by this, as their religions were deeply intertwined with their way of life. Orwell tells his readers about the many thousands of Buddhist priests who lived in this settlement, and of their especially intense hatred for the British.
Intro Shinto is the formal religion of the state of japan it roots back six hundred years before Christ, it also called the way of the kami because it revolves around the main belief of Kami. Shintoism has no known leader or establisher, so it has no formal sacred text and no official codification of belief. As said before the main belief in Shinto is the belief in Kami which translate to God, divine being or also spiritual essence. One of the main differences between Shintoism and western religions is that in the West the God or divinity is almost always considered all mighty and all powerful while in Shinto Kami are believed to exist not only as spiritual beings but also as spirits of natures. Which means they are believed to exist within
Hinduism is a polytheistic religion with hundreds of millions of followers, most of whom are inhabitants of India. Many religious scholars believe Hinduism to be the oldest recorded religion in the world, as most of the original Hindu scripture is written in Sanskrit, which is the one of the oldest known forms of writing. Hinduism has no founder and is believed to be derived from many ancient religions. In fact, Hindus believe that anyone who is a devout religious follower, be they polytheists or monotheists, are also devout Hindus (Monk 21). While the Hindu faith as a whole is unstructured, there are many sects of Hinduism that are structured and follow a strict moral code.