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Chapter 9, Lesson 3: The Power of the Shoguns (pp. 231-236)

I. A Warrior Government

II. Development of Religious Sects
    A. During the time of the shoguns, Buddhism developed several sects.

    B. Amida Buddhism emphasized a happy afterlife; Nichiren Buddhism believed in the Lotus Sutra, an ancient Indian text; and Zen Buddhism stressed individual enlightenment through mental and physical exercise.

III. A Unified Culture
    A. Buddhism influenced the development of the arts, in that process was emphasized over product.

    B. Japanese Noh drama developed from both Shinto and Buddhist forms of worship.

    C. Buddhist beliefs influenced the creation of Japanese gardens, especially rock gardens, which provide a place for meditation.

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