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Chion-in (知恩院) in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan is the headquarters of the Jōdo-shū (Pure Land Sect) founded by Hōnen (1133–1212), who proclaimed that sentient beings are reborn in Amida Buddha's Western Paradise (Pure Land) by reciting the nembutsu, Amida Buddha's name.
The vast compounds of Chion-in include the site where Hōnen settled to disseminate his teachings and the site where he died.
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With a stone lantern thrown in for good measure... :-)
More pictures of Kyoto (京都).
One of my favourite seasons has arrived. Time to make some plans...
At the end of our first day in Kyoto, some of us still had the energy to shoot some illuminated temples near Gion area. This was shot near the Main Hall of the Chionan Temple.
A lot of people were passing by this area so I bumped down the exposure to 30 seconds to get rid of them
Making our way up to another temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Canon Powershot S90
Maiko (geisha apprentice) Mamefuji in one of the gardens of the Chionin temple in eastern Kyoto.
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The roof of Kyoto's tallest gate at Chion-in temple and an early blooming weeping Sakura.
San-mon, the main gate, of Chion-in, and Sakura, cherry blossom trees.
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