Soon after its arrival in Japan, Zen Buddhism began to have a strong influence on the development of Japanese culture, and it eventually became part of Japan's spiritual and aesthetic foundation.
All Japanese art forms, such as Chado (tea ceremony), ikebana (flower arrangement), Shodo (calligraphy) and even martial arts were greatly influenced by the unique philosophy of Zen.
These art forms were transformed into a spiritual discipline focused on calmness, simplicity, and self-growth.In Japan, there is a tradition of studying art not only for art's sake but also for spiritual purposes.
When practiced with Zen principles in mind, art can be a peaceful journey and a way of self-cultivation leading to calmness, serenity, and concentration.Japanese culture has a harmonious relationship with nature.
Zen deeply respects nature and considers it sacred. It does not try to manage or control nature; but instead, Zen is manifested in a profound spiritual bond with nature.
This can be observed in various Japanese art forms, and it is particularly noticeable when looking at Zen gardens.If you ever travel to Japan, you'll be amazed at the way Japanese people value nature.
They know that man must have a harmonious relationship with nature for Zen values to flourish. Harmony with nature means that both man and nature live together as one, and are accepting of each other's power. Zen allows for a remarkable balance of both.