Thursday, 4 November 2010

Ryukoku University


Kyoto's Ryokoku University is affiliated to the Nishi Honganji sect of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, and has a beautiful Meiji-period campus within the grounds of the synonymous temple.
Professors Dake, Nasu and Hirota welcomed me and gave me valuable advice on my PhD studies.  I stayed at house of Michael Pye, an Anglican deacon and former professor of Buddhist studies at Marburg in Germany, who now works at Ōtani University in his so-called retirement.  He also runs the National Christian Centre for the Study of Japanese religions. 
Next year, look out for the opening of a new museum dedicated to Shinran's life and works at Ryukoku, celebrating the 750th anniversary of his death. 

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