Temple where you may feel the sense of Jodo-shu, Pure Land Sect, teaching
Located in the back of Yasaka Shrine, Chion-in was established by Ho-nen (1133-1212) who is the founder of Jodo-shu, or the Pure Land Sect. His teachings are often called “Nenbutsu-only” from the fact that only the name of Amitabha is chanted. When you visit, you might hear the chant from temple monks. The old temples such as Mieido, Sanmon and the main gate, are designated National Treasures and various kinds of Buddhism events are held regularly. One of the events is known as “Gohouwa” where you can hear the teachings of Jodo-shu, the ideal method of worship in Buddhism. It is interesting to note that you can also try Sho-jin Ryo-ri, a vegetarian cuisine originally derived from the dietary restrictions of Buddhist monks, for lunch at one of the temples where visitors usually cannot enter. Please refer to Notes in the Details section below for more information.