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Buddhism in Japanese Art and Architecture

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will explore the influence of Buddhism in Japanese art and architecture.
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Notes on "Buddhism in Japanese Art and Architecture"

Terms to Know


The main hall in a Japanese Buddhist temple.


In Buddhism, an artistic grouping of three characters, usually Buddha in the center flanked by two bodhisattvas, but there could be some variation.

Heian Period

Heian means peace and tranquility; a period from 794-1185 in Japanese history when Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese influences were important; a period of time especially noted for its art, poetry and literature.

Hiragana Script

Japanese writing system of characters.



Image of Horyuji Kondo, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Horyu-ji11s3200.jpg; Image of Tori Busshi, Shaka Triad, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shakyamuni_Triad_Horyuji.JPG; Image of Yakushi Triad, Creative Commons, http://townley-apah.wikispaces.com/The+Art+of+Early+and+Late+Japan; Image of Phoenix Hall, Byodoin, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Byodoin_Phoenix_Hall_Uji_2009.jpg;  Image of Womb World Mandala, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Taizokai.jpg; Image of Amida Descending over the Mountains, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Descent_of_Amitabha_over_the_Mountain.jpg;Image of Scene from the Minori Chater of the Tale of Genji, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genji_emaki_01003_013.jpg