Handwriting of Shinran Found

Handwriting of Shinran Found

Postby Mr. G » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:53 pm

Takada Honzan Senjuji Temple in Mie Prefecture said it found two pieces of paper that apparently contain the original handwriting of Shinran (1173-1263), founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist sect. The papers were found inside the six-book archive Saihoshinansho believed to have been written by the monk around 1256, when he was 84 years old, the temple said. One piece of paper, 10.5 centimeters by 3.9 cm, was found in the fourth volume. Written on the paper was "Shakukakushin," the name of one of Shinran's followers.

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Re: Handwriting of Shinran Found

Postby Indrajala » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:33 am

You know that's one really good thing about Japan -- they've preserved so much of their ancient heritage. The same can't be said for China unfortunately. Now they're trying to preserve it, but the damage was already done long ago. Fortunately the nationalists sealed the imperial treasures away in a mountain in Taiwan, otherwise all of that probably would have been destroyed under Mao.
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Re: Handwriting of Shinran Found

Postby kirtu » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:52 am

mr. gordo wrote:Takada Honzan Senjuji Temple in Mie Prefecture said it found two pieces of paper that apparently contain the original handwriting of Shinran (1173-1263), founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist sect. The papers were found inside the six-book archive Saihoshinansho believed to have been written by the monk around 1256, when he was 84 years old, the temple said. One piece of paper, 10.5 centimeters by 3.9 cm, was found in the fourth volume. Written on the paper was "Shakukakushin," the name of one of Shinran's followers.

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WOW! This is fantastic!

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