Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nishi Honganji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Nishi Honganji's Goeido (left) and Amidado (right)

Higashi Honganji's Goeido (center) and Amidado (left)

Shoseien Garden

Nishi Honganji (West Honganji) was built in 1591 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, after the sect's former head temple, Ishiyama Honganji in Osaka had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga  due to the temple's interference in politics. Nishi Honganji is the head temple of the Honganji faction of the Jodo-Shin sect with over 10,000 subtemples across the country and 200 temples overseas.

Nishi Honganji's two largest structures are the Goeido Hall, dedicated to Shinran, the sect's founder, and the Amidado Hall dedicated to the Amida Buddha, the most important Buddha in Jodo-Shin Buddhism.  Nishi Honganji is designated an UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the largest wooden structure in the world.

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