Chronology of Buddhism

538 – official introduction of Buddhism into Japan via Paekche court (Korea).

752 – dedication of the Great Buddha statue at Todaiji, Nara.

805 – Saicho brings Tendai to Japan.

806 – Kukai brings Shingon to Japan.

822 – Ordination hall established on Mount Hi’ei.

1175 – Honen founds Pure Land (Jodo) Buddhism.

1191 – Eisai introduces Rinzai Zen to Japan.

1224 – Shinran establishes True Pure Land (Jodo Shin) Buddhism.

1227 – Dogen introduces Soto Zen to Japan.

1238 – Kamakura Great Buddha erected.

1253 – Nichiren establishes Hokke (Lotus or Nichiren) Buddhism.

1654 – Ingen introduces Obaku Zen to Japan.

1768 – death of Rinzai Zen master, Hakuin.

1868 – separation of Shinto and Buddhism.

1872 – Buddhists allowed to eat meat. Takuhatsu banned.

1881 – Takuhatsu ban rescinded.

1889 – religious freedom law adopted.

1893 – Japanese delegates attend World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

1909 – D T Suzuki returns to Japan from United States.