Death of Jodo Sect Founder Honen in Kyoto

Death of Jodo Sect Founder Honen in Kyoto


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Honen, founder of the Jodo sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, dies in Kyoto. Although Honen became a Buddhist monk at a young age, he apparently became disillusioned with the power struggles and general lack of piety he found among his fellow monks.

After a long time of searching and meditating, Honen fell under the influence of the Pure Land teachings of Shan-tao and Genshin.

By 1176 at the latest he had fully converted to the Pure Land school, believing that all people, without exception, could be reborn into the paradise of Amida Buddha.

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