Introducing Samurai & Shaolin Buddhism - timeless wisdom from the noble warriors of Japan and China largest and most influential school of Buddhism and the majority religion of Japan as well as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bhutan, Tibet and Korea. As Japan is the world's most influential Asian democracy, we are using Japanese Buddhism as the protoype for Mahayana Buddhism. The original word for Japan was 'Yamato' which means "great harmony" between all sects & all peoples of the world. Therefore Yamato Buddhism means United Sino-Japanese Buddhism as envisioned by the beloved Prince Shotoku and is the most accessible and mainstream form of Mahayana Buddhism in the world today.
At Zenkoji - the oldest temple in Japan where the first statue of the Amida Trinity was brought from India and where they chant the Lotus Sutra as the Highest Text . The Buddhist credo of "Nana Korobi Yaoki" or Fall 7 Rise 8 drives the Japanese spirit to bounce back from any adversity and was a major inspiration for the Samurai.
In order to correct the many myths and misrepresentations of Buddhism in the West, Rev. Zenji Nio is authoring an actual Buddhist Bible where he is personally translating the most important scriptures from all texts written by his own ancestors. By bringing back authenticity to Buddhism and promoting the Mahayana doctrine which is far more influential than the Hinayana, we are honoring King Ashoka & Shotoku Taishi who changed the world with compassion and loving kindness.
Mahayana (Motivational) Buddhism is the world's most influential school of Buddhism and the majority religion of Japan and China which are 2 of the top 3 players on the world stage. Hence, this website is dedicated to Mahayana Buddhism - the most influential and largest school of Buddhism worldwide with an emphasis on Japan and China. Although most of the people in China practice Buddhism and have a deep faith in Kwan Yin as their Almighty God, it is still a communist country. Hence, we are using Japan as the prototype for Mahayana Buddhism as it is clearly the most influential and prosperous Asian nation in the world. Although we are using Japanese terms that are easy to pronounce, the information contained herein applies to all Mahayana Buddhists and everything mentioned is based on Sanskrit texts that birthed the Golden civilization of India from where Buddhism spread.
It is well known that Japan took the best of Indian, Chinese and Korean civilizations and perfected the same to become the crown jewel of Asia and the only Asian nation in the G7. In fact, anyone who has been to Japan marvels at how Tokyo can boast the world's most futuristic skyscrapers and yet Kyoto can preserve the world's most spectacular and ancient temples. Furthermore, while Japan is among the top 2 industrialized nations in the world, the people are often cited as the most polite and helpful - it is a habit of most Japanese people to not merely give you directions but to take you where you are going. This unique spirit of G7 productivity with timeless traits such as honor and heroism is called Yamato which means Great Harmony and was the original name for Japan itself.
The Yamato spirit of Japan is deeply influenced by her Buddhist culture and the legacy of her most beloved leader Prince Shotoku. This is proven by the fact that Japan's art, culture, language, literature and national treasures are greatly infuenced by Buddhism. Furthermore, the only dark chapter in Japan's history occured when Buddhism was suppressed in Japan - and yet the great comeback and "economic miracle" was born when the Japanese constructed the largest statue of the Almighty Buddhist God Kannon in the ruins of the 2nd World War. As Time Magazine confirms that Japan is the most popular nation in the world in terms of culture as well as the "cool factor", Yamato Buddhism aims at Great Harmony between all Buddhist denominations as well as between the traditions of the past and the trends of the future. Yamato Buddhism also embodies the Code of Honor of the Samurai and the legendary ability of the Japanese to bounce back from any adversity as per the mantra "Nana Korobi Yaoki" - If you fall down 7 times, rise 8."
The writings of Fa Hien and Xuanzang conjure a near utopic world of Buddhist culture where people were unerringly polite and would bow after conversations. This quality can still be seen throughout Japan and in preserving Japanese Buddhism (Yamato Bukkyo), we are preserving the Golden era of Asian civilization as a whole. The term Yamato or United Japanese Buddhism also supports a united front free from sectarian bias for today most Japanese people have no appetite for conflicting doctrines. Yamato Buddhism upholds harmony between all Buddhists like Prince Shotoku had hoped - be it Tendai and Nichiren or Jodo and Shin or Zen and Shingon - all share common ground under the Ekayana or One Doctrine of the Lotus Sutra. This approach can also promote unity between Buddhists not only in Japan but also in China and Korea as well Indian Hindus who venerate Lord Buddha - a promising possibility as Asia is poised to dominate the future. As more and more Westerners turn to Eastern practices like meditation, karma, yoga and martial arts, we can promote universal compassion, kindness and Yamato or Great Harmony all over the world.