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A list of Principal images

Here's table which describing principal images and the founders of each Buddhism schools. Japanese people enshrine them to Butsudan (Buddhism altar). [table id=10 /] Principal 13 Buddha(s) is Japanese origin idea. They are described on one scroll. It is used at Shingon Buddhism funeral, mainly. On the other hand, it have nothing to do with Jodo and Jodo Shinshu. Omamori Honzon is Buddha & Bodhisattva to guard your whole life. There are 12 patterns depending on birth year of 12 zodiacal signs (it have nothing to do with Jodo and ...

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About Japanese Craftsman

Craftsman, artisan, skilled workman are called Shokunin in Japanese. Shokunin is a worker who has very highly‐developed and skilled techniques. Originally, high techniques were required, because they presented it to Imperial House or feudal lords, and to sacred place such as Shinto shrine or Buddhism temples. Therefore Shokunin were respected among any classes. Present Japan have no class system, but Shokunin are highly respected still now. Shokunin never compromise, even if 1mm and 1g. They pay attentions to details (as we may not ...

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Honji-Suijaku thought (Buddhism and Shinto)

In Japan, there was a concept called Honji-Suijaku. This concept explains that "Many Japanese traditional Gods and Goddesses are incarnations of Buddha. * Since Meiji era, Shinto and Buddhism are separated. But many people visit both shrines and temples. In this case, Buddhism icons are called Gongen in Japanese. Gongen is quite Japan origin Buddhism image. Gon means temporarily. Gen means appearance. Gongen means "temporary manifestation by a Buddha (in order to save people) manifested form of Shinto deities" (incarnation of Japanese ...

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Japanese considerations of death and life (4)

Jodo school and Jodo Shinshu school are having different interpretation on the consideration of death and life. Basically, there are no six world in their ideas. There is only Jodo (Pure Land). After death in this world, go to Jodo and live again at Jodo. Buddhism teachings ask for spending self-restraining days to us. But nobody can do that (even monks). Which means nobody can get nirvana. Amida Nyorai (Amitabha) knows that. He had lead an ascetic life to take us to Jodo and to save us at Bodhisattva years. I mean, everybody can go to ...

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