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"Shinran Shonin" Kyoto Things to Do Tip by tompt

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  Shinran Shonin
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Shin Buddhism is the teaching of Shinran Shonin, born in the outskirts of Kyoto in 1173. At the age of 9 he received his ordination and went Mt Hiei (see our Kyoto-fu page) to undergo training and instruction in Buddhism at the Tendai monastery. After 20 years he began to disagree with the teachings there and left Mt Hiei. He met Honin Shonin who was teaching the Nembutsu (the recitation of the name of Amida Buddha) and became his disciple. The movement became to powerfull and was prohibited in 1207. Both Shinran and Honin were exciled. In 1211 they were pardonned, but Shinran didn´t return to Kyoto untill 20 years later, at the age of 60. He was still teaching the Nembutsu and wrote many religious tracts and verses. His most important work being the Kyogyoshinsho.
He died in 1263 at the age of 90.

Many temples we visited in Kyoto are related to this man: Higashi Hongwanji and Nishi Hongwangi, the Otani Mausoleum.

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  • Updated Aug 7, 2003
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