Nishi Hongwanji Temple (HQ of the Jodo-shin Buddhism
Published on Oct 29, 2014
We visited the Nihshi Hongwanji Temple on Nov 25, 2011 as a part of the course on `Introduction to Japanese Religion` which is provided for the Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA), Doshisha University. Rev. Gene Sekiya, a Hongwanji priest, guided us. In this movie he talked about the essence of Buddhism, especially Jodo-shin Buddhism, and escorted us to the Hall of Amida, the Founder`s Hall, the Shoin Complex, the Kara Gate and the Flying Cloud Pavilion.The Shin Buddhist path was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) during the Kamakura period, and in several centuries grew into one of the largest and most influential schools of Buddhism in Japan, a position it maintains today. The Hongwanji temple is the headquarters of the Hongwanji denomination of Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha), and is known as Nishi (lit. `West`) Hongwanji.