Motohiko Izawa

Born in Japan, 1954, Nagoya native. Writer of historical nonfiction and mystery novels.

(106)Section 5: The Rise and Fall of Polytheistic Civilization II

Chapter 1: The Indus

10-1 The Monotheistic Holy War of Japanese Buddhism

   Having traversed continents and the great Silk Road, the Buddhism that emerged on the lone archipelago of Japan, a veritab

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(105)Section 5: The Rise and Fall of Polytheistic Civilization II

Chapter 1: The Indus

9-2 The Dawn of Amida and the Silk Road

   Honen was a man firm in his beliefs. With a genuine, earnest faith in Amitabha, he preached, rebirth in the Pure Land was in reach. A

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(104) Section 5: The Rise and Fall of Polytheistic Civilization II

Chapter 1: The Indus

9-1 The Dawn of Amida and the Silk Road

   So what became of that singular treasure of the Indus after it made its way across continents and cultures?
   An interesting point o

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(103) Section 4: The Rise and Fall of Polytheistic Civilization II

Chapter 1: The Indus

8-2 The Silk Road and Buddhism in East Asia

   In the previous installment, I discussed how the intersection of Ancient Greek and Buddhist culture in Gandhara became the impetus

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(102) Section 4: The Rise and Fall of Polytheistic Civilization II

Chapter 1: The Indus

8-1 The Silk Road and Buddhism in East Asia

   So what exactly is Mahayana Buddhism? The encyclopedia Britannica has this to say:

      Mahayana, (Sanskrit: “Greater Vehicle”)

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(101) Section 4: The Rise and Fall of Polytheistic Civilization II

Chapter 1: The Indus

7-2 Mahayana Buddhism’s “Emptiness” and “Zero”

   In the previous installment, I introduce the “philosophical completeness” sought by theorists of Mahayana Buddhism.
   But to

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