Shinran: The Life and Legacy of the Founder of Shin Buddhism
Mar 25, 2023 - May 21, 2023
Ticket: ¥700*
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2023 marks the 850th anniversary of the birth of the priest Shinran (1173–1262), founder of the Shin (Jōdo Shinshū) school of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism. Shinran’s dramatic life story has long captured the imaginations of people in and outside of Japan. Born in Kyoto, Shinran first trained at the nearby Buddhist center of Mt. Hiei and studied under the Pure Land master Hōnen Shōnin (1133–1212) before being exiled to Echigo province in current Niigata prefecture. He thereafter traveled to the Kanto region before eventually returning to Kyoto, where he died at the age of ninety. This exhibition tells the story of Shinran’s remarkable life and teachings through objects preserved for centuries in temples belonging to various branches of Shin Buddhism. It features a wide range of works, including Shinran’s writings, self-inscribed icons in praise of the buddha Amida’s name (myōgo), portraits, and illustrated handscrolls. The ancient capital of Kyoto, where Shinran began and ended his long and storied life, is a fitting venue for this tribute to the legacy of one of the most influential figures in the history of Japanese Buddhism.
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