Chion-in English Guidance

Located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, Chion-in is connected to Hōnen (1133-1212), the founder of the Jōdo Shū (Pure Land Sect) of Buddhism. It was here at Chion-in that Hōnen taught chanting the name of Amida (Sanskrit: Amitabha) to attain salvation, and it was here that he spent his final years. Today, with over 7,000 temples, the teachings of Hōnen have spread throughout Japan. Since 1523, Chion-in has been the head temple of the Jōdo Shū.

Also, Chion-in is highly appealing from a cultural standpoint, since it received donations from the Tokugawa shogun (supreme military commander) during the early Edo (1600-1867) period, and was built by the master artisans of the day.

Hōnen and the Chion-in
An introduction to Chion-in and its connection to Hōnen Timeline
The 800 Year Memorial Celebration of our Founder Hōnen
2011 marks the 800th anniversary of the death of Hōnen, the founder of the Jōdo Shū

The 800 Year Memorial Celebration of our Founder Hōnen

Hōnen and the Chion-in Temple
An introduction to various pieces of Buddhist art held by Chion-in
Places to See
An overview of the various places to see at Chion-in, which are spread out along the foot of Mt. Kachō