Gangyō-ji

Gangyō-ji

Gangyō-ji (元慶寺 Gangyō-ji?) is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, founded by the priest Henjō. The Emperor Kōkō endowed the temple and the emperor Kazan abdicated in this temple.[1]

History

Gangyō-ji was founded in the early Heian period.[1]

  • 877 (Gangyō 1): The temple is founded, and it takes its name from the era (nengō) in which it was first established.[2]
  • 986 (Kanna 2): The emperor Kazan abdicated in this temple. He renounced his throne and the world. Two courtiers, the chūnagon Yoshikane and the sachūben (左中辨 middle-level controller of the left) Korenari, decided to follow the former emperor's example and became Buddhist priests themselves. After this, the temple was also known more popularly as Kazan-ji (花山寺 Temple of (Emperor) Kazan?).[1]

See also

Notes

References

  • Ponsonby-Fane, Richard Arthur Brabazon. (1956). Kyoto: The Old Capital of Japan, 794-1869. Kyoto: The Ponsonby Memorial Society.
  • Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland.

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