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Exhibition to mark 850th anniversary of birth of priest Shinran to be held in Kyoto

A special exhibition marking the 850th anniversary of the birth of priest Shinran*, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu school of Japanese Buddhism (True Pure Land Buddhism), will be held in Kyoto in the spring of 2023.

Shinran (1173-1262)

– Born: Kyoto
– Joins Buddhist priesthood at the age of 9
– Trains at the Tendai school monastery on Mt. Hiei
– Abandons monastic life to follow Honen (1133–1212), the founder of Jodoshu (Pure Land Buddhism)
– Following Honen’s ways results in banishment to Echigo province in modern day Niigata Prefecture (later pardoned)
– Resides in the Kanto region before returning to Kyoto
– Dies at the age of 90
– Magnum opus: “Kyogyoshinsho” (Teaching, Practice, Faith and Attainment)

National Treasure
Portrait of Shinran (Copy of Anjō no Goei)
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto
(On view March 25-April 2, 2023)

Shinran: The Life and Legacy of the Founder of Shin Buddhism

Mar 25 (Sat) – May 21 (Sun), 2023

Kyoto National Museum
(Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto)

*See outline below for more info

“Shinran: The Life and Legacy of the Founder of Shin Buddhism,” the special exhibition scheduled to open on March 25, 2023, at the Kyoto National Museum, features a wide array of works including writings by Shinran himself, portrait paintings and sculptures, and illustrated handscrolls.

Among the items to go on display are 11 designated national treasures and about 70 designated important cultural properties.

Cherry Blossoms, from Cherry Blossoms; Pine and Wisteria
By Mochizuki Gyokusen
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto

Outline of the event


Sat, Mar 25, 2023〜Sun, May 21, 2023

850th Anniversary Special Exhibition
Shinran: The Life and Legacy of the Founder of Shin Buddhism

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(Last admission at 5:00 p.m.)

Museum website


Kyoto National Museum
Heisei Chishinkan Wing

527 Chaya-cho
Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto


Adults: 1,800 yen (1,600 yen)
University students: 1,200 yen (1,000 yen)
High school students: 700 yen (500 yen)
Junior high school students and younger: Free

(     ) → For advance ticket purchases
*Admission free for persons with disabilities (certificate required) and one caregiver

Closing day



Tel. 075-525-2473



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