Thursday, 4 November 2010
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.
Posted by Tom Plant