Major Events in Japanese Buddhism
|538 or 552||• Buddhism introduced into Japan.|
|594 C.E.||• Imperial Decree Encouraging Buddhism promulgated.|
|607||• Horyu-ji Temple built, completed in 615 C.E.|
|621 or 622||
• "Commentaries on the Three Scriptures", by Prince Shotoku.
• The Huge Statue of the Vairocana Buddha of the Todai-ji Temple of Nara completed.
|770||• One Million Miniature Stupas (Pagodas) built in 794 C.E. Capital moved from Nara to Kyoto.|
|805||• Saicho (767-822) established Tendai Buddhism.|
• Kukai (774-835) established Shingon Buddhism.
|822||• The Establishment of the Mahayana Disiplines.|
|972||• Kuya (903-972), an advocator of the Pure Land Faith, died.|
• Genshin (944-1017) wrote the 0-jo-yo-shu (Collection of Essential Documents to Attain the Birth in the Pure Land)
• Ryonin (1072-1132) founded the Yuzu- gatari) written Nembutsu Sect.
• Honen (1133-1212) founded the Jodo Sect.
• Eisai (1141-1215) founded the Rinzai Sect of Zen Buddhism.
|1224||• Shinran (1173-1262) founded the Jodo-Shin Sect.|
|1227||• Dogen (1200-1253) founded the Soto Zen Sect.|
|1252||• The Huge Image of Amida Buddha at Kamakura cast.|
• Nichiren (1222-1282) founded the Nichiren Sect of Buddhism.
|1275||• Ippen (1239-1289) founded the Ji Sect.|
|1339||• The Moss-garden of the Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto built.|
|1397||• The Kinkaku-ji Temple or the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto built.|
|1499||• The Rock-garden of the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto built. • Rennyo (1415-1499), restorer of the Jodo-Shin Sect, died.|
|1602||• The Jodo-Shin Sect Split into the Higashi (East) and the Nishi (West) Hongan-ji Schools.|
|1613||• The Danka System or the Family-temple system formed.|
|1654||• Ingen or Yin-yuan (1592-1673) introduced the Obaku Sect of Zen Buddhism.|
|1681||• Buddhist Scriptures in Chinese Version published by Tetsugen.|
• Buddhism suppressed by the Shintoists. • The Meiji Restoration.
|1872||C• elibacy and vegetarianism allowed by governmental permission.
• Ban on Christianity cancelled. • Women admitted to Buddhist temple.
Religions in Japan put under government control.
|1934||Taisho Edition of the Buddhist Scriptures in Chinese Version completed in 100 volumes.|
|1951||• The Religious Juridical Persons Law. • Japan's Peace Treaty enforced signed.|
|1952||• The Second World Buddhists Conference held in Tokyo.|
|1959||• Buddha Jayanti, commemorating 2,500 years of Buddhism is held in Japan.|
|1968||• International Buddhist Exchange Centre incorporated.|