Kyoto: The Oldest Zen Temple in Kyoto “KENNINJI”

Kenninji is a zen temple, was founded in 1202 by the priest Yousai. The Buddhist monk accrossed the ocean to study Tendai in China twice. For the second time, he intended to reach to, Buddhist origin place, India however the voyage was unsuccessful then he could come into contact with the Zen sect in China. He is known for introducing the Zen sect and the tradition of drinking tea into Japan.

kyoto kenninjiA painting commemorates the 800-year aniversary of Kenninji’s founding

A pair of screens, The Wind and Thunder Gods is admired by visitors and designated as a national treasure, even appeared in history textbooks. Two the gardens, one is covered with moss and the other is karesansui (gravel) are breathtaking.



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