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Principle & Origin of Japanese culture
“circulation, mutual harmony , current-Benefit philosophy” and “creation” these were originated from "natural faith“
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 “神”: 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 thunder“Raijin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
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 理) 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 理) is the principle that is basic to the existence of all things as well as to natural law and social norms. Because li 理 does not assume any shape, function, or motion, it cannot result in phenomena by itself; only in conjunction with qi 気 (ch’i; J: ki) does it take on a concrete existence in the form of animate or inanimate beings. Qi 気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 気 is found in li 理.
When li 理 and qi 気 combine, qi 気 is condensed and beings are produced; when they separate, beings cease to exist.