During the 12th century, a monk named Honen founded a new religion. It was called Amida Buddhism. These Buddhists believed that all people could reach paradise one day. Honen taught all of his believers and followers that they could reach paradise by relying on the mercy of Amida Buddha. Zen Buddhism is another form of Buddhism. Zen Buddhism appealed to many samurai because of its emphasis on effort and discipline. Zen stressed self-reliance and achieving enlightenment through meditation. According to this religion, becoming enlightened required giving up everyday, logical thinking.
During the 12th century, the women of the warrior class enjoyed honor and respect, but things changed in a bit. By the 17th century, samurai women were treated as inferior to their husbands. During the 12th century, samurai women had an enjoyable life. They were respected and brave. By the 17th century, much had changed. Girls couldn't even choose who they would marry. The families chose instead depending on their position and wealth.