Created 26-Jul-13
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The Anraku-ji Temple (安楽寺), is just a few 100 meters from Honen-in, and it is not always open to the public. Outside of the Shishigatani Pumpkin Service, you can visit in spring and autumn. The temple has quite a bit of history to it and some real drama. Here is what it says on the pamphlet you receive when you enter Anraku-ji Temple: “At the beginning of the Kamakura period (AD. 1192-1333), the Anraku-ji temple was first built by Anraku (安楽上人) and Juren (住蓮上人). They were the disciples of the Priest Hōnen (法然) (1133-1212), the founder of the chanting of Namu Amida-Butu ("I worship thee, Amida Budda"). Hōnen's simple message of salvation was heard with joy by the common people in an age of crisis. That is, in the Kamakura period in which Japanese history entered the first phase of organized feudalism after a long period of aristocratic rule. It was not long, however, before the imperial court became increasingly convinced that the doctrine of the faith sect, which taught the equal salvation for all people, was incompatible with the unity and safety of the society, and finally the persecution was ordered by the retired emperor Gotoba on the pretext that Matsumushi and Suzumushi, the concubines of Gotoba, without permission entered the faith sect of Amida under the guidance of Anraku and Juren. Hōnen (法然) was exiled and both Anraku and Juren were beheaded in 1207.” #AnrakujiTemple,#安楽寺,#ShishigataniPumpkin,#Kyoto,#Japan,#Buddhism,
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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Japan
Keywords:Anraku-ji Temple, Buddhism, Japan, Kyoto, Shishigatani Pumpkin, 安楽寺