Disclaimer: This is Untrue. Shinran's True Pure Land Buddhism

Many Japanese people mainly perform Shinto events such as New Year's events and autumn festival mikoshi, but on the other hand, many funerals and cemeteries are held in the Buddhist style, 85% of funerals are held in the Buddhist style. Similarly, many Japanese people regularly hold Buddhist events for their ancestors.

Buddhism is a religion that originated in present-day India (as of 2020 CE), but in Japan, a branch of Buddhism called Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land Buddhism), which had a slightly different doctrine, arose around 1200 CE, and after that, many people in Japan accepted Jodo Shinshu. Approximately 65% of funerals are of the Jodo Shinshu sect. Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land Buddhism) is said to have originated with Honen (法然; 1133 – 1212 CE) and was developed by Shinran (親鸞; 1173 – 1263 CE).
The core of the doctrine is that humans are powerless to find what is right through human judgment, and must follow the guidance of Amitābha, the supreme being. His belief that one can be saved by following the guidance of Amitābha applies to all people. As a result, the most important and simple thing to do is to recite the prayer text of Amitābha, and by doing so, one can be reborn in the Pure Land after death and become like Buddha.

However, it has been pointed out that Shinran's teachings and life story somehow resemble those of Paul the Apostle. For example, both of them initially lived according to their own ideas, but after experiencing religious miracles and oracles, they changed their minds and realized that humans cannot find out what is right on their own, so they rely on the power of the Supreme Being and follow its guidance, they belive that is what should be done.
At first glance, the Buddhism that Japanese people accept is an East Asian religion, but it is also possible that Paul's ideas were secretly adopted in Japan.
* "Jōdo_Shinshū in Wikipedia" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jōdo_Shinshū

* "Shinran in Wikipedia" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinran
* "Amitābha in Wikipedia" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amitābha
* "Paul the Apostle in Wikipedia" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Apostle

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