Why Is Buddhism Radically Different?

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The development of Buddhism was radically different in Japan. Originally introduced in the sixth century alongside Confucianism, Buddhism was stronger at influencing Japanese society. As Benedict (2003: 191-192) suggested: “Buddhist philosophy has gone further in Japan than in any other nation in teaching that every man is a potential Buddha and the rules of virtue are not in the sacred writings but in what one uncovers within one’s own enlightened and innocent soul.” There are two reasons that explains why Buddhism was different. First, Japanese Buddhism was organised into distinct religious organisations, sects and schools that differed to Buddhism found in China, Korea, and Vietnam which only existed as a large religious organisation. Second,

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