Buddhist Store: Japanese Buddhism


Buddhism arrived in Japan in the sixth century CE, at a time when many Chinese cultural imports were introduced to Japan. Japanese Buddhist development flourished during the Nara (710-94), Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1185-1392) periods, producing Buddhist schools, rituals and doctrines that were uniquely Japanese. Today, about 70% of the Japanese population identify themselves as Buddhists.