Japanese Religion and Philosophy

Use the following table to organise your notes as you explore the religions and philosophies of Medieval Japan.

As always in History, you should be able to support your ideas with evidence. Use your text book (ps.186 – 189) and the websites provided, along with any other research you conduct.

You will research 3 movements, and should spend 15 minutes on each one.


What are the main tenets of this religion or philosophy?

What are its teachings?




Who are the followers?

Who leads this movement?

Who founded this movement?


Where did this movement come from?

Where does it enjoy popularity?


When did this movement begin?



How does this movement teach people to live?

How should a follower behave?


Why do you think this movement was developed – what opportunities did it provide?



BBC Website

Zen Buddhism:

BBC Website


PBS Website


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