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  • 1. By Matthew A. and Jenna R.
  • 2. <ul><li>You can tell were a monk or nun is from by the color of their robe (Japan black, china orange/yellow, Tibetan mountains dark red) </li></ul><ul><li>Monks and nuns live in monasteries where they can focus on Buddha </li></ul><ul><li>Not all monks and nuns go to a monastery for life </li></ul><ul><li>In some areas it is a tradition for children to go to the monastery to learn about Buddha for anywhere from a few weeks to a few years </li></ul>
  • 3. <ul><li>The word “Zen” means meditation. </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular religion in Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>Monks meditate for 3 hours every morning </li></ul><ul><li>They believe in enlightenment </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>Meditation is practiced in the Zen religion </li></ul><ul><li>Samurai, Carpenters, sword makers, and even the emperor used meditation </li></ul><ul><li>The meditated to gain enlightenment ( to become very wise and pure) and to fully concentrate on their task. </li></ul><ul><li>Carpenter s, samurai, and sword makers meditate because they really need fully concentrate on their task. If they mess up they could get hurt. </li></ul>
  • 5. <ul><li>Zen believed that when died you were recreated over and over again. </li></ul><ul><li>They weren’t afraid of death, but they did try to live good lives. </li></ul><ul><li>If led good lives then they were recreated into something even better. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: If you were a priest then you could be a samurai, but if you were a thief then you be created into a poor merchant. </li></ul>
  • 6. <ul><li>They had stone gardens, and they were a teaching to the people. </li></ul><ul><li>They teach people to be kind by the ripple affect </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation affects how people think (they have really clear minds) </li></ul>
  • 7. <ul><li>They believe in kami </li></ul><ul><li>Kami- the god and goddesses of nature </li></ul><ul><li>The people who practiced Shinto has cleaning rituals, and the rituals that they preformed were based on kami. </li></ul><ul><li>1. Take the dipper and pour the water into your hand </li></ul><ul><li>2. Then pour that water out, and get some more. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Put the new water into your mouth, and swish it around. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Purify the hand that held the dipper. </li></ul><ul><li>They use water because it is alive (like the kami) </li></ul>
  • 8. <ul><li>Japanese architecture comes from the blend of two religions mixed ideas of buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Shinto religions ideas of building are based on being built in a place of natural beauty with a simple structure </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhism prefers an isolated area with much decoration of the building </li></ul>

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