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.|
|752||• 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.|
|806||• 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.|
|985||• Genshin (944-1017) wrote the 0-jo-yo-shu (Collection of Essential Documents to Attain the Birth in the Pure Land)|
|1124||• Ryonin (1072-1132) founded the Yuzu- gatari) written Nembutsu Sect.|
|1175||• Honen (1133-1212) founded the Jodo Sect.|
|1191||• 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.|
|1253||• 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.|
|1868|| • Buddhism suppressed by the Shintoists.
• The Meiji Restoration.
|1872|| • Celibacy and vegetarianism allowed by governmental permission. |
• Ban on Christianity cancelled.
• Women admitted to Buddhist temple.
|1873||• 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.|