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Old 01-23-2006, 01:31 AM   #61
6th Kyu For Life
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Re: Religion and Aikido

Erick-

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as Western religion was earlier crosspollinated into Pure Land Buddism in the post-Hellenic period in Asia
On the surface, Pure Land Buddhism does look a lot like Western religion, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to say that it was influenced strongly by it. The strongest influences of European culture on China happened first before the fall of Rome (when Christianity was not very prominent, and there were certainly no missionaries spreading it in China), and then during the age of imperialism and exploration, long after Pure Land Buddhism had emerged. So, just for the record, Pure Land Buddhism was not significantly influenced by Western religion.

Peace,
Tom Newhall

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