By Kenji Matsuo
This primary significant examine in English on jap Buddhism through one in every of Japan's such a lot individual students within the box of spiritual stories is to be broadly welcomed. the focus of the paintings is at the culture of the monk (o-bo-san) because the major agent of Buddhism, including the ancient procedures in which clergymen have constructed jap Buddhism because it seems to be right this moment.
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As he was always reciting ‘namu amida butsu’, he was also called the ‘amida saint’. He walked round in Kyoto city, and dug a well where there was no water source. He erected a stupa in front of the prison in Kyoto in 938 for the salvation of prisoners. In appreciation of his activities, he was promoted to Enryakuji on Mt Hiei, and underwent ordination by the chief monk. Ku#ya had been shami (semi-qualiﬁed monk) since he became a monk at a provincial temple, and with this ordination, he became a fully qualiﬁed ofﬁcial monk, and received a new Buddhist name Ko#sho# 光勝.
I visited China in February 2000 and stayed there for four months. Even though the telephone system was well developed, and there were many Japanese restaurants, I found it difﬁcult living in a foreign land with so many differences in language and customs, and I could imagine how difﬁcult it was for Jianzhen to live in Japan. I felt I could share in some way of the hardship Jianzhen experienced when he went to Japan with such enthusiasm to introduce the ordination system. ) and others were ordered to persuade Jianzhen to go to Japan to conduct the ordination, because despite the increased number of monks, there were many who did not know the precepts and there were even those who broke them.
However, it was subsequently revealed that these were the words of the Empress suiko and not those of Prince sho#toku. Consequently, it is not clear whether Prince sho#toku was a Buddhist follower or not. What is clear, however, is that Buddhism took root in Japan after the Prince sho#toku era and ﬂourished as a religion closely connected with the government; consequently, it is often refered to as ‘state Buddhism’. It can be said, however, that the myth of sho#toku taishi as the father of Japanese Buddhism was born as Buddhism began to spread during the period when the prince held political power.