Japan. A Civilisation and a Religion. Japanese Syncretism (‘cultural blending of distinct religions’.). BUDDHISM. SHINTO : ‘Way of the Gods'. SHINTO. Japanese Syncretism, con’t. BUDDHISM. Shuichi Kato on Japan & Literature. No story to history; no plan; no plot of events.
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A Civilisation and a Religion
SHINTO: ‘Way of the Gods'
Give every civilisation the benefit of its own assumptions
Civilisation chauvinism to assume one’s own civilisation has the universal understanding
Approach other civilisations and cultures from the assumption that their fundamental values and understanding of the world is different from your own.
Universality (multiculturalism) may be a Euro-centric ideology?
All civilisations and cultures are fully explainable from Western premises and methods.
Western science is the universally-valid method of study.
All civilisations and cultures perceive the world—configure phenomena—identically and in away that Western science can explain
神奈川沖浪裏 (Under a Wave Off Kanagawa)
Mujokan: A sense of transience
the impermanent quality of life, nature, and human artifacts.
4 Noble Truths
8-Fold PathJapanese Religious Æsthetic: Mujokan