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A Guide to Japanese buddhism - Contents:


Part I: A Brief History of Buddhism in Japan

  1. Buddhism Introduced to Japan
  2. The Nara Period (a.d. 710–784)
  3. The Heian Period (a.d. 794–1185)
  4. The Kamakura Period (a.d. 1192–1333)
  5. The Muromachi Period (a.d. 1336–1573)
  6. The Momoyama Period (a.d. 1573–1603)
  7. The Edo Period (a.d. 1603–1867)
  8. Under Imperial Japan (a.d. 1868–1945)
  9. Contemporary Japan (a.d. 1945–)

Part II: The Japanese and Buddhism

  1. Japanese Buddhism Today
  2. Buddhist Temples & the Japanese People
  3. Buddhist Rites of Passage in Traditional Japanese Life
    1. Birth
    2. Adulthood
    3. Marriage
    4. Death
  4. Buddhist Influences on Japanese Culture
    1. Grace at Meals
    2. Daily Greetings
    3. The Game of Janken (Scissors, Paper, Rock)
    4. Furoshiki (Japanese Wrapping Cloth)
    5. Daruma Dolls
    6. Origami (Folding Paper Figures)
    7. Furo (The Japanese Bath)
  5. Major Annual Buddhist Festivals
    1. Shushō Service (New Year’s Day)
    2. Setsubun Service (The Heralding of Spring)
    3. Nehan Service (The Buddha’s Nirvana)
    4. Higan Service (Spring and Fall Equinox)
    5. Hana Matsuri (The Birth of the Buddha)
    6. O-Bon (Buddhist Memorial Day)
    7. Segaki Service (Buddhist Thanksgiving)
    8. Jodo Service (The Buddha’s Enlightenment)
    9. Joya Service (New Year’s Eve)

Part III: Toward the Future

  1. What Does Buddhism Contribute to the World Peace?

Part IV: Appendixes

  1. Introducing the Japan Buddhist Federation (JBF)
  2. JBF-Affiliated Organizations
  3. Buddhist Universities, Societies, Institutes
  4. Bibliography on Buddhism


  1. Japanese personal names are traditionally written surname first. In this book, the authors have followed this tradition for persons who lived before the Meiji Restoration of 1867. However, in keeping with modern Japanese editorial practice for publications in foreign languages, names of persons who lived after that date are written surname last.

  2. The Japanese, Sanskrit, and Pali languages make distinction between long and short vowels that are often important to meaning. In this book (excluding Appendixes), long vowels are indicated by a long mark (-).

A Guide to Japanese Buddhism

Published by:
Japan Buddhist Federation
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Tokyo 105-0011, Japan

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Edited by: Rev. Kodo Matsunami

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