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Setting Out For Kyoto

Setting Out for Kyoto

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Nichiren Shoshu Monthly magazine is continuing to share the Illustrations of the Life of Nichiren Daishonin. September’s illustration is entitled, “Setting Out For Kyoto.” Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, bid farewell to his parents when he was 19-years old (1241) and began his travels through Japan to visit temples and study the sutras and treatises in their libraries. This watercolor illustration depicts the Daishonin arriving in Kamakura, the capital city of the Shogunate. At the time, the city was very busy and prosperous. Many temples of various sects were there. The Daishonin studied the doctrines of each sect in Kamakura. Then, he decided to visit the head temple of each denomination in Japan. [excerpted from Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, September, 2013, page 2] The watercolors in this series were done in 1920 by K. Toko. Sept Introduction meetings