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Amidado and Goeido


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Nishi Hongan-ji (西本願寺 Nishi Hongan-ji?) or, the Western Temple of the Original vow, is one of two temple complexes of Jodo Shinshu in Kyoto, the other being Higashi Honganji (or, 'The Eastern Temple of the Original vow'). Today it serves as the head temple of the Jodo Shinshu organization.[1]

Nishi Honganji was established in 1602 by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu when he split the main Honganji in Kyoto in two (Higashi Honganji being the other) in order to diminish its power.[1]

Nishi Hongangi is located on Horikawa St. west of Higashi Honganji temple. It is older than the latter and has more integral architecture.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Popular Buddhism In Japan: Shin Buddhist Religion & Culture by Esben Andreasen, pp. 11, 38-39, 105 / University of Hawaii Press 1998, ISBN 0-8248-2028-2
  1. Ducor, Jérôme : Terre Pure, Zen et autorité : La Dispute de l'ère Jôô et la Réfutation du Mémorandum sur des contradictions de la foi par Ryônyo du Honganji, avec une traduction annotée du Ha Anjin-sôi-no-oboegaki (Collège de France, Bibliothèque de l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Japonaises); Paris, De Boccard, 2007 (ISBN 978-2-913217-18-8).