4/28/2011

Shinran Shonin

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Saint Shinran


Small statue for your home :
source : www.kaiyodo.co.jp


Shinran 親鸞
(May 21, 1173 – January 16, 1263)
was a Japanese Buddhist monk, who was born in Hino (now a part of Fushimi, Kyoto) at the turbulent close of the Heian Period and lived during the Kamakura Period. Shinran was a pupil of Hōnen and the founder of what ultimately became the Jōdo Shinshū sect in Japan.

Shinran was born on May 21, 1173 to Lord and Lady Arinori, a branch of the Fujiwara clan, and was given the name Matsuwakamaro.

1173 Shinran is born
1175 Hōnen founds the Jōdo Shū sect
1181 Shinran becomes a monk
1201 Shinran becomes a disciple of Hōnen and leaves Mt. Hiei
1207 The nembutsu ban and Shinran's exile
1211 Shinran is pardoned
1212 Hōnen passes away in Kyoto & Shinran goes to Kantō
1224 (?) Shinran authors Kyogyoshinsho
1234 (?) Shinran goes back to Kyoto
1256 Shinran disowns his son Zenran
1263 Shinran dies in Kyoto
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observance kigo for mid-winter

Shinran ki 親鸞忌 (しんらんき)
Memorial Day for Saint Shinran

Goshoo-Ki 御正忌 Memorial Services at Temple Hongan-Ji
Betsuji Nenbutsu-E 別時念仏会 Nenbutsu prayer Service for Shinran Shoonin
Otorikoshi 御取越  (おとりこし) "Passing into the New Year"
November 22 till 28. 28 is the death memorial day.
(November is now "early winter" season, this might be confusing. But here we deal with the old lunar calendar.)

. Honganji 本願寺 Hongan-Ji, Hongwanji . Kyoto



hooonkoo 報恩講(ほうおんこう) Ho-onko, Hoonko, Hoon-Ko service for Shinran
"honorable preaching ceremony"
Hoon-ko memorial service for Shinran
okoo 御講(おこう) "honorable preaching"
oshichiya, o-shichi ya 御七夜(おしちや) "seven nights"
oshimotsuki お霜月(おしもつき)"honorable frost month"
injoo e 引上会(いんじょうえ)



お七夜の空荒れ通す城下町
o-shichiya no sora are-toosu jookamachi

during the O-Shichiya rituals
the sky has been so wild
in this castle town

Tr. Hideo Suzuki

Kishikawa Soryuushi 岸川素粒子




shoojin katame 精進固(しょうじんかため)
eating vegetarian food

... shoojin ochi 精進落(しょうじんおち)
(even on the days before the ceremonies, also during O-Bon and the solstices)


. Narutaki no daikotaki 鳴滝の大根焚
cooking radish soup at Narutaki
..... daikotaki 大根焚(だいこたき) .

temple Narutaki Ryootokuji in Kyoto 京都鳴滝了徳寺.
Ryotoku-Ji

. Reference : Hoonko service for Shinran .

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heaven kigo for early winter

okoonagi 御講凪 calm wind during the honorable preaching ceremony
okoobiyori お講日和 fine day on the honorable preaching ceremony


御講凪満珠干珠の島浮かぶ
okoonagi manju kanju no shima ukabu

calm day for the Shinran ceremony -
the Tide Jewel Islands
float in the sea


Ryuuzu Mikiko 龍頭美紀子 Ryuzu Mikiko


. kanju manju 干珠満珠 the tide jewels .

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observance kigo for the New Year

. Kenpaishiki 献盃式 in memory of Saint Shinran  
Drinking sake in a memorial service, at temple Honganji and others
January 1. Shinran Shonin 親鸞聖人


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from the Daruma Museum


南無阿弥陀仏
The Amida Prayer, Namu Amida Butsu

Buddha Amitabha vowed to save all beings, even those who have committed serious transgressions. This vow prompted Saint Shinran, the founder of the True Pure Land school of Buddhism, to write,
"A good person will be reborm;
how much more so the evil person."

. The Amida Prayer  


. Shinran and the three persimmon trees
Legend at Keitaya, Niigata (Toyama) prefecture,
Kurobe Town, Shimoniikawa 新川(にいかわ)/ 黒部市三島



. Haiku poetess Tagami Kikusha 田上菊舎  
(1753 - 1826)



Commemorate Shinran Shonin's 750th Memorial Observance
with Poetry Calling for Haiku and Tanka
. BCA Shinran Shonin 750th Memorial  



. Honen Shonin 法然上人 Saint Honen  
Hoonen Shoonin


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Shinran : The Founder of the Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism:
His Life and Legacy

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, till May 29, 2011

A preeminent work in the Shinran exhibition is "Portrait of Shinran" (1255). It depicts an 83-year-old Shinran sitting on an animal pelt, an accoutrement of itinerant priests that allowed them to sit anywhere to dispense their doctrine. Such aspects of quotidian life were distinctive of new Buddhist portraiture and were no doubt indicative of the religion practiced among the people rather than that practiced in cloistered confines. Such portraits are concerned with likeness and prone to distortion.
One leaves these exhibitions with similar thoughts on religions.
source : Japan Times

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The Essential Shinran:
A Buddhist Path of True Entrusting

Alfred Bloom




Call of the Infinite: The Way of Shin Buddhism
John Paraskevopoulos


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H A I K U


親鸞聖人お花松 "Flower Pine" of Shinran
Temple Zenko-Ji



蝶とぶやしんらん松も知った顔
choo tobu ya Shinran matsu mo shitta kao

a butterfly flits--
even Shinran's pine
seems to know



しんしんとしんらん松の春の雨
shin-shin to Shinran matsu no haru no ame

perfect calm--
Shinran's pine
in the spring rain


Kobayashi Issa

This haiku has the prescript, "Zenko Temple." Shinran was the founder of the Jôdo shinshû branch of Buddhism, Issa's sect. When he visited Zenkôji, Shinran planted the branch of a pine in a large pot in the main hall-- a plant which, evidently, was still alive in Issa's time, over 500 years later.
See Issa zenshû
(Nagano: Shinano Mainichi Shimbunsha, 1976-79) 3.352, note 4.

. Tr. David Lanoue .

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親鸞上人腰かけの松 Pine where Shinran sat down

On the way, when Shinran had to go to exile in Echigo in 1207, there was this pine where he sat down to rest, along the "beach road" 浜街道. There was a whole pine grove at the time of Sain Shinran.
The tree is maybe 500 years old.


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source : Takada betsuin Temple 高田別院
beautiful collection of haiga


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Some statues of Shinran
source : www.kinjudo.jp/shinran


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. Tannishō 歎異抄 Tannisho and priest Yuien 唯円 .
a disciple of Shinran


. WKD : Saints and their Memorial Days  


. Personal Names used in Haiku .  


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5 comments:

Celso said...

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Gabi Greve said...

Thanks for posting this interesting scoll photo.
I wish I could help you.
Gabi

Gabi Greve said...

There is another legend about a growing walking stick told by Yanagida Kunio.

takezue 竹杖 walking stick of bamboo

In Hyogo, 兵庫県, Itami 伊丹町
at the temple 妙宣寺 Myosen-Ji around 1355 Priest Daikaku 大覚僧正 (1297 - 1364) of the Nichiren sect planted his walking stick into the ground.
It became bamboo, but a special sort called sakasadake 逆さ竹 "upside down bamboo", with its branches hanging down. A kind of hachiku 淡竹 bamboo.

A similar legend is also told in 新潟 Niigata at temple 西方寺 Saiho-Ji about the Nichiren priest 親鸞聖人 Saint Shinran.

sakasadake 逆竹 Sakasa-Dake, "weeping bamboo"


Saihooji 西方寺 Saiho-Ji
3 Chome-1-22 Toyano, Chuo Ward, Niigata
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http://heianperiodjapan.blogspot.jp/2015/07/daibosatsu-legends.html
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Gabi Greve said...

There is another legend about a growing walking stick told by Yanagida Kunio.

takezue 竹杖 walking stick of bamboo

In Hyogo, 兵庫県, Itami 伊丹町
at the temple 妙宣寺 Myosen-Ji around 1355 Priest Daikaku 大覚僧正 (1297 - 1364) of the Nichiren sect planted his walking stick into the ground.
It became bamboo, but a special sort called sakasadake 逆さ竹 "upside down bamboo", with its branches hanging down. A kind of hachiku 淡竹 bamboo.

A similar legend is also told in 新潟 Niigata at temple 西方寺 Saiho-Ji about the Nichiren priest 親鸞聖人 Saint Shinran.

sakasadake 逆竹 Sakasa-Dake, "weeping bamboo"


Saihooji 西方寺 Saiho-Ji
3 Chome-1-22 Toyano, Chuo Ward, Niigata
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http://heianperiodjapan.blogspot.jp/2015/07/daibosatsu-legends.html
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Gabi Greve said...

A legend from Yamanashi 山梨県 Otsuki town 大月市

When Shinran passed the village of 笹子村 Sasagomura in the North he heard a story from the villager 作太郎 Sakutaro. In the old pond of 吉が窪 there lived a Yokai woman named お吉 "O-Kichi" who could take the shape of a poisonous snake and came to harm and haunt the villagers. So Shinran begun to chant the 阿弥陀経 Amida Sutra and begun to write 南無阿弥陀仏 the name of Amida and 六字 the Six Words on small pebbles and threw them into the pond.
In no time the woman was relieved from her past sins and could go to paradise.
Since that time small pebbles are found at the side of the pond.
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More about the power of Rokuji

http://fudosama.blogspot.jp/2016/06/rokuji-myo-o.html
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