2016年11月04日

'Sanzen-in' Buddhist Temple in Ohara, Kyoto, dating back to the 8th century, is a 'Monzeki jiin' temple which means that the chief priest of this is from the Imperial family.

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The history of Sanzen-in is very old, which originated from one building of 'Hieizan Enryakuji' Buddhist Temple established by 'Saicho', the founder of 'Tenday' sect of Buddhism, in the 8th century. Since the beginning of the 12th century, when the first chief priest from the Imperial family took office, this temple had become Monzeki-jiin temple. This temple, thereafter, moved several times from the original site to the heart of Kyoto. And finally was settled in Ohara in the 19th century from a Court noble district near the Imperial Palace.
Ohara was known as a secluded location for the nobilities in Kyoto who wanted to escape from the noise of the capital. Before this final relocation of Sanzen-in to Ohara, 'Ojo Gokurakuin' built in the 12th century was standing at the same site.
Accordingly, Ojo Gokurakuin is included now in the precincts of Sanzen-in as shown in the first picture. Sanzen-in stands elegantly befitting its status in a green environment.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:03 | Kyoto | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする