Sho-ren-in was known as one of the five Monzeki temples in Kyoto whose head priests were originally from the imperial family. It was one of the main lodgings in the mountain used by several well known priests.

Sho-ren-in Temple entrance, Kyoto
Sho-ren-in temple entrance, Kyoto

Sho-ren-in achieved its highest prosperity under the third head priest who made many contributions in the world of Buddhism. He promoted the discipline of controlling the mind and wrote, Gukansho, the first book of philosophy based on Japanese history.

Sho-ren-in Temple
Painted screens and tatami mats inside Sho-ren-in temple

With beautiful rooms of tatami mats and painted screens that opened on to lush Japanese gardens, this was a joy to meander through.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.