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Japanese Buddhism---Buddhist Monk--Buddhism was introduced to Japan during the sixth century (550 to 600 AD) via China and Korea. The rulers of Japan at that time (Prince Shotoku and his father Emperor Yomei) were great supporters of the new religion in their land. They did experience extreme resistance from the followers of the native religion (Shintoism) but later reconciled.

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Japanese Buddhism mini Shrine - tin box - pocket shrine for travel & meditation BUDDHA

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Five Vidyārājas (Five Myō-ō). Heian period, 10th-11th century. Nara National Museum.

Bodhisattva Cintāmaṇicakra (Nyoirin Kannon). Heian period, 9th-10th century. Nara National Museum.

Bodhisattva Cintāmaṇicakra (Nyoirin Kannon). Heian period, 9th-10th century. Nara National Museum.

Rāgarāja (Aizen-Myō'ō). Kamakura period; 13th century. Nara National Museum.

Rāgarāja (Aizen-Myō'ō). Kamakura period; 13th century. Nara National Museum.

Rāgarāja (Aizen-Myō'ō). Kamakura period; 13th century. Nara National Museum.

Zen Buddhist Monk -- I admire the spiritual dedication of Zen Buddhist monks. They are determined yet calm in their practice--their example inspires my own meditative journey. That kind of commitment is rare in this world--and therefore I bow to them. It isn't out of submission but out of respect.

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