Japan Project By:MIA LOPEZ

CUSTOM 1:BUDDHISM

This is Buddha. Many people believe that he is a protector

The founder Siddhartha Gautama taught that life is an endless cycle of birth, death, & rebirth. Buddhism did not replace Shinto. Shinto means the worship of ancestors and nature spirits and a belief in sacred power. They admired its wisdom, rituals, and they considered the Buddha a protector of families and the nation. However, we often take our freedom, material prosperity, spiritual masters and the Buddha’s teachings for granted and are blind to the wonderful opportunity that we have to practice. For example, we take for granted our ability to gather together to learn the Dharma. But this is not the case in many places.If we can turn our mind to the Buddhas, the Dharma, and the Sangha, we’ll be a lot happier in the long run. Even in this moment, our spiritual practice can help us. For example, when we are tired or stressed out, we can relax our mind by chanting the Buddha’s name or by bowing to the Buddha. While doing this, we imagine the Buddha in front of us and think that much radiant and peaceful light streams from the Buddha into us. This light fills our entire body-mind and makes us very relaxed and at ease.he sat under the Bodhi tree in deep meditation and said. "I will not leave this spot until I find an end to suffering." During the night, he was visited by Mara, the evil one, who tried to tempt him away from his virtuous path. First he sent his beautiful daughters to lure Gautama into pleasure. Next he sent bolts of lightning, wind and heavy rain. Last he sent his demonic armies with weapons and flaming rocks. One by one, Gautama met the armies and defeated them with his virtue.

CUSTOM 2:SAMURAI

Samurai with gear and sword

The helmet for the samurai suit would smell sweat if were cut off battle. The armor that the samurai wears is heavy. The samurai classes in swordsmanship or fencing taught the samurai essential skills for battle. Wearing a sword was a privilege and right of the samurai. Samurai is the reason for fighting.Bushido required that Samurai practiced self-discipline, self-sacrifice, obedience, skill, and honor and bravery. Samurai had a sword, and wore specially designed armor and a helmet called a kabuto helmet.While most Samurai were Japanese, in some rare cases an individual from outside of Japan could become a Samurai as well, if granted by the shogun or a daimyos.

Custom:Craftmanship

old Buddha sculpture

The new techniques and subjects of sculpture came to Japan from Korea & China. Figures position gestures identify him as the Buddha of the future whose arrival will begin a golden age. Artistic styles change as artists travel from place to place, as do materials, depending on what is locally available. Chinese and Korean immigrants created most of Japan's religious art.Most of the Japanese sculptures derived from the idol worship in Buddhism or animistic rites of Shinto deity. In every instance examples of ancient primitive art have been found to possess characteristics identical to modern arts; and the ancient Japanese clay figures known as dogū and haniwa are no exceptions to this rule. No scholar has been able to determine absolutely just when human life moved over into the Japanese archipelago. It was these early inhabitants who eventually evolved the first crude Japanese native art in rough earthenware and in strange clay figures called dogū, which are probably fetishes of some religious nature. Some may have been used in fertility rites, and some in exorcism or other forms of primitive ritual.

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