A Nenbutsu Gathering at Ichiya, Kyoto, from the Illustrated Biography of the Monk Ippen and His Disciple Ta'a (Yugyō Shōnin engi-e)

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People from all social classes have gathered to watch the monk Ippen (1239–1289) invoke Amida Buddha through a recitation of the Nenbutsu prayer. Their anticipation is evident as they wait for his buoyant, incantatory dance to begin. Although Ippen first studied Tendai Buddhism at Mount Hiei, northeast of Kyoto, he became an adherent of Pure Land Buddhism (Jōdoshū) and the practice of odori nenbutsu, the rhythmic chanting of Amida Buddha’s name accompanied by ecstatic dancing.

A Nenbutsu Gathering at Ichiya, Kyoto, from the Illustrated Biography of the Monk Ippen and His Disciple Ta'a (Yugyō Shōnin engi-e), Section of a handscroll mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Japan

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