Rather than the founder of a new religion, Siddhartha Gautama was the founder and leader of a sect of wanderer ascetics ( to distinguish it from other similar communities.
The Sramanas movement, which originated in the culture of world renunciation that emerged in India from about the 7th century BCE, was the common origin of many religious and philosophical traditions in India, including the Charvaka school, Buddhism, and its sister religion, Jainism.
As a result of its wide geographical expansion, coupled with its tolerant spirit, Buddhism today encompasses a number of different traditions, beliefs, and practices.
During the last decades, Buddhism has also gained a significant presence outside Asia.
The Japanese decrees related to calendar systems don't specify how to deal with time zones outside of Japan.
Ginza Holiday Festival is a summer event featuring Japanese food, culture and entertainment.
The first year of an imperial era is not in sync with the Gregorian year boundaries, and any day could be the first day of an imperial era.
For example, the current era started from January 8, 1989 (Gregorian).
During its roughly 2.5 millennia of history, Buddhism has shown a flexible approach, adapting itself to different conditions and local ideas while maintaining its core teachings.
Pali forms are given in the sections on the core teachings of early Buddhism that are reconstructed primarily from Pali texts and in sections that deal with Buddhist traditions in which the primary language is Pali.
Sanskrit forms are given in the sections that deal with Buddhist traditions whose primary sacred language is Sanskrit and in other sections that deal with traditions whose primary sacred texts were translated from Sanskrit into a Central or East Asian language such as and intense religious activity.
A truly special feature of Ginza is the Waza, an organization of Japanese artisans who have mastered traditional crafts handed down through generations dating back to Japan’s Edo period.
Learn more about Ginza and mark your calendars for August 11, 12 & 13 for our 2017 edition of the Ginza Holiday Festival!