East Asian Buddhism

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Pavilions of the Tianning Temple of Changzhou, Jiangsu, with its pagoda that is the highest one in the world.

East Asian Buddhism is a collective term for the schools of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in the East Asian region and follow the Chinese Buddhist canon. These include the bodies of Chinese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, and Korean Buddhism. They constitute the numerically largest body of Buddhist traditions in the world, over half of the world's Buddhists.[1][2]

East Asian sangha members generally follow the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya. The major exception is Japan, where monks (now called "priests" in English) received imperial permission to marry during the Meiji Restoration, and thus no longer follow any traditional monastic code.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Pew Research Center, Global Religious Landscape: Buddhists.
  2. ^ Johnson, Todd M.; Grim, Brian J. (2013). The World's Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography (PDF). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 34. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.