A silent temple that a founder Pure Land sect is associated with
A thatched roof gate of Honen-in Temple (Honenin) is among the greenery surroundings alongside the path of philosophy. Honen is a monk at the early Kamakura period and also founder of Pure Land sect in 1175. He perfectly prayed for Amitabha whose teaching is that if you chant a prayer ‘Namuami dabutsu’ to Amitabha, you all to go to Sukhavati (paradise of Pure Land sect.) after you die. At Edo period, a monk of Chion-in Temple established the temple as a Buddha hall for chanting. The temple became independent of Jodo sect. in 1953 to become an original sect. The inside area is so quiet that you would stroll around in your own pace.
There are two dry landscapes at the both sides of the path as you come into the gate. Ascetic monks of the temple maintain the patterns which are designed by them about once a month. This picture shows a petal running on the river. The patterns are changed according to the season such as, cherry blossom, maples and so on.
Try to see carefully the white vase displayed on the pond. It is an art work of a designer from Shiga pref. Although the modern art stands out in the garden with a big nature, it is blended well with the surroundings.
Try to chant “Namuami dabutsu”
Jizo bodhisattva is enshrined on the top of stone steps. The figure of the Buddha was made in 1690 and modeled after the head monk, Nincho. Please try to pray for it!
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Honen-in Temple / 法然院
|Category||Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens|
|Address||30, Shishigatani Goshonodancho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8422|
|Directions||・5 minute-walk from Minamidacho bus stop by #32 Kyoto city bus from Hankyu Shijo-kawaramachi stn. ・10 minute-walk from Jodoji bus stop by #5 Kyoto city bus from JR Kyoto stn. or Keihan Sanjo stn.|
|Open Hours||9:30am - 5pm|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
A monk speak English (not always there). You can get there easily on the way of the famous sightseeing spot, path of philosophy. The entrance fee is not needed.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, English (not always there)|