A quiet temple tied to the founder of the Pure Land sect
The thatched roofed gate of Honen-in Temple sits among the green surroundings of the philosopher’s path. Honen was a monk at the early Kamakura period and also founder of the Pure Land sect in 1175. He prayed to Amitabha, whose teaching was that if you chant the prayer of “Namuami dabutsu” to Amitabha, you will all go to Sukhavati (Paradise of Pure Land sect) after you die. In the Edo period, a monk from the Chion-in Temple established the temple as a Buddhist hall for chanting. The temple became independent of the pure land sect in 1953 to become its own original sect. The precinct of the temple is so quiet, so feel free to stroll around at your own pace.