The climax of the stay in Kyoto during the autumn leave season was Eikando. Officially Shojuraikozan Zenrinji Temple, the head temple of the Seizan Zenrinji School of the Jodo Buddhism. The popular spot for nighttime viewing during the autumn leaf season. The view from Somon (main) Gate was fantastic.
Hard to describe the beauty of the autumn leaves.
Looking back at Somon Gate and walked forward.
Went through the next gate, Nakamon Gate.
Kakujudai and Shakado in front after entering Nakamon Gate.
Zenrinji was founded as a temple of the Shingon Buddhism by Shinjo, a disciple of Kukai. After Kukai's death, he was nominated as the successor to Kongobuji Temple in Koyasan, but declined it and opened a Buddhist temple in Higashiyama, Kyoto.
A closer view of the illuminated leaves.
Eikan, the seventh abbot of Zenrinji Temple, the origin of its popular name, Eikando, changed the direction of the temple from Shingon Buddhism to Nembutsu Buddhism in the hope of helping more people. This was more than 100 years before Honen formally established the Jodo Buddhism.
The maple leaves turned bright red.
In the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the 12th abbot, Johen, converted Zenrinji Temple to Jodo Buddhism. Johen was the son of Taira no Yorimori, the younger brother of Kiyomori and the son of Ikenozenni who asked Taira no Kiyomori for the life of the young Minamotono Yoritomo. Even after the fall of the Heike (Taira) clan, Yoritomo never forgot the debt of gratitude to the Ikenozenni and treated the Yorimori family well.
The stairs leading up to the multi-storied Tahoto Pagoda.
Ryudosui Well (dragon spouting water). Could see water coming out of the dragon's mouth.
Amida Hall. The statue of Amitabha is enshrined here, who said to Eikan during his training, "Eikan, it's too late".
Autumn leaves over Hojochi Pond. Tahoto Pagoda on the mountain.
Tahoto Pagoda decorated with a five-color curtain.
Closer to exit, but the garden of autumn leaves continued. The illuminated Eikando garden was magnificent.
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