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RELIG ST 2TT3 Lecture 7: sep 16, 2014 2tt3.docx

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Relig St. 2TT3 16/09/14: th •Nihongi and koshiki (from previous lecture) texts compiled in the early 8 century. th •Buddhism officially arrives in 538. Let’s just say it arrives sometime in the 6 century. Well prior to the nada period. •Buddhism enters japan and is adopted by the japs as a superior from of magic. Magic as a technology. As a way to control those things that are outside of human control. Buddhism is adopted by the rulers of japan because it has excellent rituals and prayers to benefit the nation. Personal faith and enlightenment do play a part, but that’s not why and initially, and for much of Japanese history, Buddhism became popular. •Also, Buddhism, doesn’t displace Shinto ideas. Buddhism says we can do it better. It acts within the same logic, it just provides better rituals for accomplishing the same goals. th •Nada is the first permanent capital of Japan, in the early part of the 8 century. One of the imp things that happen in nada, is the state formally adapting Buddhism as a state religion. •What does that mean? Buddhist priests and nuns are essentially govt employees. They must be licensed or ordained. Primary function of state sponsored Buddhism, is protection of the nation. “state protection”. •Ex. In 737, epidemic of small pox. So you do the normal stuff, isolation, doctors, etc. so that was happening. But what was the official response? The emperor officially tells priests to make Buddhist statues, chants, etc. this is the official Buddhist response. •In 741, emperor decided that every province had to establish a temple for 20 priests and
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