CONTENTS:- CHINA: Buddhism in the Han Period; First Renderings of Buddhist Texts the Sutra of Forty two Section; Inclination to 'Dark Learning' Sinification of Buddhism in China; Buddhism in the 'Three Kingdoms'; China split into North and South; The sui and the Great Tang; Buddhist Decline in China after the Tang; Neo-Confucianism: Its Buddhist borrowings. JAPAN: Shotoku and 'Nara' Buddhism; The Tendaiji: its history; Transition to the Heian period; Tendai and Shingon; Amidism: The Religion of the Common Man; Nichirn : Founder of a 'Nationalist Buddhism'; Cult and Culture of Zen; "What is Zen?"; Three Zen Terms; Zen and Japanese Culture; Shinto and Ryobu Shinto.
This book deals with the evolution of Buddhism in China and Japan. The author has tried to study the main social, political and cultural traits of China and Japan which helped on alien religion 'Buddhism' to establish. He has looked into the political history of China. He has dealt minutely Han period. He has also studied the evolution of different Buddhist sects in China and Japan. However, he was not given special chapter on South Korea. He has also taken not a brief history of South Korea from where Buddhism was introduced to Japan. This book will be of a great help to students, research scholars of Buddhism.