TALES FROM HISTORY

Buddhism in Japan — A Little History of this Powerful and Influential Religion

Inextricably woven into the tapestry of culture

Diane Neill Tincher
Lessons from History
11 min readJan 28, 2024

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The great Buddha of Todaiji, flanked by one of the eight great bodhisattvas, Kokūzō Bosatsu.
The Great Buddha, flanked by one of the eight great bodhisattvas, Kokūzō Bosatsu. Todaiji temple, Nara. (Depositphotos)

A walk down the hill from my house takes me to the grounds of a Shinto shrine. For more than 250 years, though, this shrine had been a Buddhist temple.

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Diane Neill Tincher
Lessons from History

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