In 853 AD the priest Shinjo built a training hall for the practice of Shingon Buddhism.. Ten years later a temple was built there. Later, the abbott Yokan or Eikan became the chief priest. He made great efforts to save the poor and received much respect from the people. The Temple at that time invoked the Nembutsu where you place all of your trust in Amida( Buddah) with a pure heart. During the Muromachi period Kyoto was burned and many years were spent in the temples' reconstruction. Then came the Meji period where there was a large anti Buddhism movement The current Temple has fully been reconstructed and and is the main Jodo Sect Headquarters Zenrinji Branch. In the two story pagoda Taho and Shaka Nyorai are enshrined and it offers great views of Kyoto. Priest Shinjo had 5 statues of the Buddha but 4 of them were ruined in the fire. Today, one is displayed and called Fire Protector Amida. The Temple is connected by wooden walkways to all of the buildings. The area surrounding has a pond, a small waterfall, the Amida statue and borders on a school.. The walk around the gardens is very pleasant and serene. We happened upon this shrine at the end of the Philosopher's walk and it was well worth visiting.
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