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Places associated with Shinran Shonin

Below are some self-taken pictures of places associated with Shinran Shonin's life.

Hino Tanjoin

Introduction to Hino Tanjoin:
Hino Tanjoin is located in Kyoto and marks the birthplace where Shinran Shonin who was born in 1173. The first few Halls of the Tanjoin were built 1862 by the 20th Monshu Konyo Shonin and subsequently expanded by the 21st Monshu - Myonyo Shonin - and the 23rd Monshu - Shonyo Shonin respectively in 1923 and 1928.
Buildings in the Tanjoin include the Main Hall (Hondo), a kindergarten and other buildings for sermons and services.
In the Hondo are the Gohonzon, a statue of Shinran Shonin at 6 years old and a statue of his father, Hino Arinori.
Next to Hino Tanjoin is the Hokaiji Temple, which served as the ancestral temple of the Hino Family.



Left: Entrance to Hino Tanjoin. The stone plague on the right reads "Shinran Shonin Gotanjo Shichi (Birthplace of Shinran Shonin)"
Right: The Hondo, where the Gohonzon (Statue of Amida Buddha), a statue of Shinran Shonin at 6 years old and a statue of his father Hino Arinori are enshrined.



Left: The Naijin (Inner Sanctum) of the Hondo.
Right: A statue of Matsuwakaburo (Shinran Shonin's childhood name) aspiring for ordination at the age of 9.
A plague depicting the gatha he recited prior to his ordination reads "Oh how glad I am to think of the sakuras that will bloom tomorrow, but alas, who knows that a storm comes at night", reminding us of the impermanence of life.




Left: Entrance to Shorenin, Higashimaya, Kyoto. It was here where Shinran Shonin was ordained into the priesthood at the age of 9 by High Priest Jien. Shorenin is an important temple in the Tendai school, and many of it's abbots were also successors of the position of the Kanshu or High Priest of Tendai-shu.
Right: Stupa where the hair of Matsuwakaburo (Shinran Shonin's childhood name) is interrned.



Left: Naijin (Interior) of Shoren-in. On the left is a life-size replica of Hannen (Shinran Shonin's ordination name) at the age of 9 and a scroll drawing of Shinran Shonin. On the right is a scroll drawing of High Priest Jien.
Right: The utensils used during Shinran Shonin's ordination at Shoren-in.

Rokakudo (Daihoji)






Top left: Entrance to Daihoji, also known as Rokakudo. Rokakudo is where Shinran Shonin undertook a 100-day Retreat and where on the 95th day of his retreat, dreamt of the World-saving Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Kannon Bosatsu), who inspired him to look for his Master, Honen Shonin, who was then teaching the Nenbutsu at Otani at Higashiyama.
Top right: Naijin of Rokakudo. In the centre is a shrine dedicated to Kannon Bosatsu, the principle Bodhisattva worshipped at Rokakudo. On the left is a shrine dedicated to Prince Shotoku, who, according to legend, built Rokakudo. On the right is a shrine dedicated to Shinran Shonin.
Bottom left: A hexagonal shrine (Ranki) dedicated to Shinran Shonin, commemorating the site where he had dreamt of Kannon Bosatsu apprearing as Shotoku Taishi, who in a verse, gave him permission to marry. Inside is also a statue of Shinran Shonin dreaming of the Bodhisattva.
Bottom right: Another hexagonal shrine dedicated to Shotoku Taishi (Prince Shotoku), who is said to have built Rokakudo.
Bottom centre: A statue of Shinran Shonin at Rokakudo.

Tsunobo Betsuin



Top left: Main Hall of Tsunobo Betsuin. It is here at the Betsuin where Shinran Shonin passed away at the age of 90 in 1262. Originally called Zenpo-in, it was a temple of Tendai-shu until the it converted to a Honganji-ha temple. North of the Betsuin is the Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin (Central Buddhist Seminary), where ministers of the Honganji study Jodo Shinshu theology.
Top right: Naijin of Tsunobo Betsuin.
Bottom: Statue of Shinran Shonin. Most Jodo Shinshu temples have such a statue in their grounds.