Gangyō-ji

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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[edit]

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]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ponsonby-Fane, R. (1959). Kyoto: the old Capital of Japan, 794-1869, pp. 113-114.
  2. ^ Titsingh, Issac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, p. 124; Ponsonby-Fane, p. 114.

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