This week, we take a step away from politics to talk about two crucial subjects. First, we have the evolution of the Japanese language and its incorporation of Chinese influence. Second, we have the evolution of Buddhism and the arrival of two important sects in the evolution of a distinctly Japanese form of the religion: Tendai and Shingon.
Adolphson, Mikael S. “Aristocratic Buddhism” in Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850, ed Karl Friday
Cranston, Edwin A. “Asuka and Nara Culture: Literacy, Literature, and Music.” in The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol 1: Ancient Japan
Weinstein, Stanley. “Aristocratic Buddhism” in The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol 2: Heian Japan