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 Principle & Origin of Japanese culture 

 

circulation,  mutual harmony , current-Benefit  philosophy”  and  “creation”  these were originated from "natural faith“

 

  Preface

  

Ancient Japanese conceived the idea that everything in this world was a sacred being and various deities and nature were inseparable and cIose to each other like the relationship of  siblings  because they were all born of the same parental Kami.

  

For your understanding about Japanese culture,  I made this thesis: the principle “The  Japan code” by the unique  and  Ingeniously structuring of theory.

There has been almost no study that tried to theorizing of comprehensive about whole Japanese culture, although  there has been particular Theme.

  

This thesis will explain the reason of  the diverse cultures and faith, for example, adaptation of Shinto and Buddhism.

  

Why does Shinto has an enormous number of  deities as objects of worship?

They include not only mythicaI Kami but also Tenno(the Emperor), and historical figures, as most highly venerated beings in Japanese society.

Each deity has its own character, rather as a human being has and people revere the character as an aspect of divine grace.

 

Why is Japan the most  longevity nation of the world  according to Guinness certified?  You  know?

 

Buddha thought of the natural human myself  inherently.

Confucius thought of the natural human relations Ideal.

So, how  do you think about the relationship of Japanese and nature?

How do you think  what  did the Prince Shotoku and Shinran  think ?  

Prince Shotoku has been considered the father of Buddhism in Japan .

Shinran honored the Prince Shotoku as "Hierarch of Republic" in "Pure Land Wasan".

 

I made this thesis, based on an enormous number of book and opinions of professor emeritus and chief priest of  temples and shrines. And I fed back to them. 

I have presented regularly about Japanese culture by taking advantage of this thesis

in Research group that I have joined.

 

This thesis has two purposes.

One of the purposes is to clarify the comprehensive logical definition of the principles of the Japanese culture and faith.   Because generally those have been thought to be difficult to understand for foreigners.

 

Another purpose is the support of historical temples that have been damaged by heavy rain.

Materials that take advantage of this thesis, can explain the historical religious value

of the temples to the people.

 

For example, Japanese culture is not to be understood only by "Tale of Genji“ or "Zen".

 

This thesis explains why the Emperor has been respected among long history in Japan . 

This thesis describes the reasons of accepting  Buddhism and Confucianism.

And, This thesis explains why Kannon faith and Pure Land faith has spread while their own changes.  They are two of  heterogeneous faith to each other.

And also, This  principle of thesis will describe the reason in conjunction with the features, about the birth reason of culture, such as deities syncretism and Japanese paintings, chanoyu (tea ceremony) , and other spiritual culture.

 

The last part of this thesis is a proposal for modern Japan.

It is also about a naturally and originally way of life to the future.

The first chapter describes the principle based on the concept of Kami “: shinto deity of  Faith to nature .

 

 

Presentation about character of  deity  “神”  Kami 

 

“申” makes in the shape of  the meaning “示” and sound of thunder.

It is deity of sky Tenjin 天神 and deity of thunderRaijin雷神”,  means uncertainty nature existence that exceeds human understanding. 

Ancient  notions of  deity “神” 

I will introduce   a little more  about  Formation Process of  “the principle of Japanese culture”. 

I illustrate about  Ancient Notions that thought wasestablished.

 

Description of words

稀人  Marebito” notion

Being that comes to rare from a distance, such as the sea.  It overlaps with the notion of deity.

依代   “Yorishiro”  Himorogi, Shrine

object representative of a divine spirit

object to which a spirit is drawn or summoned

object or animal occupied by a kami

 

 

The relationship

between The principle of Japanese culture and The thought system of Shinto, Buddhism,Confucianism.

 

Presentation  about  Spontaneous  thought  to Natural   

 

Buddha, in a natural reverence environment, doubted about the dominant status society, considered the "natural truth of the human  being".

Identically, Confucius, in the strife of human society, doubted about the disturbed order, considered the "natural truth of humanrelations". They explored naturally what should be considered at the time, at the same era,  in different environment.

In environment of Confucius, Benefits of nature was less than Buddha

Thus Confucius focused on human relations than human being in nature.

 

Human thought is influenced in its natural environment and climate.

For example, Zhu Xi was born in Fujian Province the Southern Song ,and spent a large part of life in various regions of Fujian. We must notice that there region was in nature, different from the Confucius.  Zhu Xi  introduced the principle of Li (J: ri ) as natural law into the confucianism about human relation.

 

About  thought of  Natural power of  Invisible unknown entity "

As well as thought of deity in Japan, the thought of Invisible thinking is also present in Buddhism and Confucianism.  But,of course, in Japan, it is not limited to specific one.

 

The focus of devotion in esoteric Buddhism “密教”

The Dharmakāya or Cosmic Buddha; Dainichi 大日 / literally, “Great Sun”; Skt:Mahāvairocana; also known in Japanese as Dainichi Nyorai . Dainichi is a further development of the Buddha Vairocana (J: Birushana Butsu). Esoteric Buddhist teachings (mikkyō) are taken to be the teaching of Dainichi. He is the principle, or the essence, of the universe and all phenomena are embraced in him; Dainichi is thus the Buddha of beginningless and endless ultimate reality.  The realms Kongōkai (Diamond or Thunderbolt Realm; Skt: Vajradhātu) and Taizōkai (Womb or Matrix Realm; Skt: Garbhadhātu) manifest the dual aspects of Dainichi. The first symbolizes the manifestation of his wisdom, and the second represents the world of his eternal and all-embracing enlightenment.  The Buddha Birushana (Skt: Vairocana)“毘盧舎那仏” is regarded as the same as the Dainichi  in esoteric Buddhism, and regarded by the Kegon sect as the cosmic, central Buddha.

 

 Basic Teachings of the Zhu Xi School of Confucianism “朱子学”

“The li-qi (li-ch‘i) dualism“ 理気二元論

The basic concept in Zhu Xi Confucianism is the li-qi (li-ch‘i) dualism.  Li (J: ri ) is the principle that is basic to the existence of all things as well as to natural law and social norms.   Because li  does not assume any shape, function, or motion, it cannot result in phenomena by itself; only in conjunction with qi  (ch’i; J: ki) does it take on a concrete existence in the form of animate or inanimate beings.   Qi is a kind of gaseous matter and by self-induced motion can become yin and yang and the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) that determine the shape and quality of all things.  Yet, the basis for the functioning of qi  is found in li   

 

When li  and qi  combine, qi  is condensed and beings are produced; when they separate, beings cease to exist.