Birth of Honen, Founder of Jodo Sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism

Birth of Honen, Founder of Jodo Sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism

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Honen, founder of the Jodo sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, is born in Inaoka, Mimasaka province of Japan. Honen becomes a Buddhist monk at a young age but he becomes disillusioned with the power struggles and general lack of piety he finds among his fellow monks.

After a long time of searching and meditating, Honen will fall under the influence of the Pure Land teachings of Shan-tao and Genshin. By 1176 at the latest, he will have fully converted to the Pure Land school, believing that all people, without exception, can be reborn into the paradise of Amida Buddha.

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