Essay on Buddhism : Culture And Community

1198 Words Sep 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Religion is a vast hole with endless conceptions concerning the purpose for existence, as well as moral principles for how individuals should live their lives. In Japanese culture, religion is sacred and vital—displaying endless temples and shrines for praying, donating, and ceremonies, yet, the modern lifestyle and urbanization in Japan continues to emerge. This highlights the notion of how people can adjust towards contemporary ideals and newly-found social orders, but continue to maintain ancient beliefs and teachings like Buddhism. Roughly, 80% of the Japanese population practices either Shintoism or Buddhism, although only a small percentage identify themselves to the religions. This paper will focus on Buddhism reflectingthe culture and community in Japan, even with contemporary futures filling in. Ultimately, there is a decline of affiliation with Buddhism in Japan. To consider this decrease, it is necessary to examine traditions, individuality, and modernization, which are clashing with one another.
Sources agree that Buddhism arrived in the sixth century in Japan from the Kingdom of Baekje in Korea, about 552 A.D. However, it began in India with Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha lived within a royal family and was protected from the “real world” for most of his childhood until he witnessed the trials of sickness, aging, and death from a local monk. Siddhartha craved for a life of no pain and suffering, so he left his comfortable home and strived to live within Hindu…

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