It is believed that different religions have different affects on modernity with some of them restricting the development of modernity while others have been promoting it. Buddhism is considered to be an important…
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lly under took this belief as its major faith and it was the first country in the east to actually become as modernized and successful as the western countries.
Zen is considered to be an important aspect of Buddhism which was followed in Japan. This principle was a part of the faith which mainly came in existence at the time of the Second World War. Though it is believed that Zen was a principle which promoted peace and the coming together of people and also was associated with the modernization of Japan, it is also considered to be the reason for the disastrous nuclear bombings that took place during this war. The reason behind this is that it promoted success and it pushed Japan towards breaking the western domination.
Dogen is considered to be the central figure in the belief of Zen. His presentation of Zen showed that it was the ultimate form of leading a life. He considered peace of mind and meditation to be the ultimate reality of life. He taught the princggggiples of Buddhism explaining the fact that mind and body should be brought together. He believed that a person should understand his soul and that a person should spend time every day by not thinking and completely concentrating. He would then achieve spiritual level and become a true Buddha. The teachings of Dogen concentrated upon the understanding of the self and the unity of the body and soul which should be able to work in alignment.
Dogen laid great stress upon the understanding of the inner self. His teachings present a picture that a person could achieve success if he achieved an understanding of his inner world properly and for that proper consideration of time and concentration was important. He explained that a proper inner appearance was necessary for a proper external appearance and external presentation. His teachings can also be considered to have an impact on modernity. Though he presented his teachings in the thirteenth century, they were understood and utilized by the Japanese in
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However, the primary impetus to ensuring regionalism and integration of East Asia calls for cooperation between the states in a broader range of areas which would in turn greatly simplify the realization of a more comprehensive, cooperative, and stable regional community.
While countries like Japan and china started growing at a rapid speed, some countries took their own time in improving. Modern economy started prevailing in almost all these countries. China and Japan opted only at a later stage. ASEAN members including Malaysia and Indonesia preferred the modern economy and worked towards it from 1970's.(Kirby 1967).
After the WWII, North Korea established a socialist economy and a self reliance policy in foreign policy and national defense (Worldatlas, n.d.). The country underwent demoralization, economic mismanagement and misplaced resource allocation but
the dependency theory while others tried to use the third way method in explaining the cultural value systems of the Asian countries as as a major cause (Wallerstein 1982, Berger 1988, Kahn 1979). However, the core idea can be classified into two major approaches: The
highlight that the occurrence of a key or major event may define the beginning of a specific period when studying the era from a historical perspective (n. pag). In this case, the opinion of several historians about the beginning of the 20th