“Namu Amida Butsu.”
It is believed that anyone chanting this honorary phrase which exalts the Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata) will be guided to the Buddhist Pure Land.
Acts of worship of Amida Nyorai became more varied and prevalent amongst the common people during the Edo period. Followers chanted a sutra for those who had passed away both at funeral and periodical memorial ceremonies. In addition, it was also strongly believed that chanting the sutra could rid one of illnesses and misfortunes as well as offer protection from bad omens.
This special exhibition features two Buddhist priests, Yuten and Tokuhon, both of whom greatly contributed to the prevailing practice and belief in sutra chanting nationwide. This year, 2017, marks the 300th year since Yuten’s passing and the 200th year since Tokuhon’s. To commemorate their attainments, special events and exhibitions are expected to be held in many places, respectively dedicated to one or other of these great priests. The present exhibition at Byodoin Temple offers a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about both priests together in one place.
The exhibition showcases a variety of valuable articles and items related to Yuten and Tokuhon which will offer visitors a rare insight to the profound world of “Namu Amida Butsu.”
Exhibition period : June 24th (Sat.) to October 6th (Fri.), 2017 Open every day during the special exhibition period.
Hours : 9:00-17:00 (Hoshokan)
Admission : Included in the admission fee of Byodoin Temple.
Adults: 600 yen, Junior High or High School Students: 400 yen, Elementary School Students: 300 yen
Hosted by : Byodoin Temple
Venue : Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji, Kyoto)
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