Students will discuss the ways in which spiritual belief supported and enhanced the military function and cultural values of the samurai. They will experience this practice through an ink painting activity.
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
Lesson or Activity
2 class periods
Buddhism originated in India and spread north west and then east, eventually making it’s way to Japan via the Korean Peninsula. Throughout its transmission it was used as a tool to spread ideas and new technologies. The spread of Buddhism can be traced on a map, through geographic and chronological markers. It can also be shown through the artifacts that arose from contact with this religion as it spread across Asia. Students will compare and contrast Buddhist objects from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco's collection to draw conclusions about how each represents qualities of local culture.