Chōhō-ji (Kyoto)

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Chōhō-ji (頂法寺 Chōhō-ji?), also known as Rokkaku-dō (六角堂 Rokkaku-dō?) because of its main hall's hexagonal shape, is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, said to have been established by Prince Shotoku. This temple is part of the Saigoku Pilgrimage route.


Rokkaku-dō is believed to have been established in the early Heian period.[1]

The origins of traditional Japanese flower arrangement ikebana are linked to Rokkaku-dō in the medieval Muromachi period.[2]

Rokkaku-dō was instrumental in the development of Jōdo Shinshū: in 1201 CE, Shinran undertook a 100-day retreat, and had a dream on the 95th day, seeing Prince Shōtoku (regarded as an incarnation of Avalokiteśvara), directing him to another monk, Hōnen. Shinran subsequently became Hōnen's disciple, establishing Jōdo Shinshū within Hōnen's Jōdo-shū.

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  1. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard Arthur Brabazon. (1956). Kyoto: The Old Capital of Japan, 794-1869, p. 110.
  2. ^ Kansai Window[dead link]: Kansai History and Culture.


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Coordinates: 35°0′26″N 135°45′37″E / 35.00722°N 135.76028°E / 35.00722; 135.76028