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HEIAN-KYO (THE PARADISE OF TRANQUILITY) - THE PROTOTYPE OF KYOTO

 

In 1951, during His trip to Kyoto, Master Jinsai became aware of another important part of God´s plan: the stablishment of a third center, in addition to Hakone and Atami, as Sacred Grounds. On the basis of His revelation, He explained the necessity of the Kyoto Sacred Grounds. Hakone represented the aspect of fire, Atami represented water, and Kyoto, earth. By completing these three sacred grounds, a trinity would be formed, and God´s work would progress. In the spring of 1952, on his third tour of the Kansai region, his idea for the Kyoto grounds began to take concrete form.

In the northwestern part of Kyoto, in the Sagano area, is a restful pond called Hirosawano-ike. It had been well-known since ancient times as a place for enjoying moon viewing. Lying at the foot of a range of gentle hills stretching to the north, the Hirosawano-ike area retains a rural charm and is a scenic spot combining the elements of earth and water.

When He visited Sagano on May 30, 1951, the second day of the first trip to Kyoto, Master Junsai was immediately taken with the area and gave instructions to His assistants to buy land there. By coincidence, property along the shore of Hirosawano-ike was put on the market the following year. Then He gave the name Heian-Kyo , or Paradise of Tranquility, and designated as the third Sacred Grounds.

 

CONSTRUCTIONS OF HEIAN-KYO

 

Kami-no-Ma ("God´s room") - Room where Meishu-Sama used to be visited and worked.

 

 

Shunju-an ("Retreat of spring and autumm") - This beautiful wooden house is built in pure Japanese style and contains approximately 228 square meters. Between 1951 and 1955, Meishu-Sama traveled throughout western Japan seven times and used this place for the training of senior staff members from 1953.

Chihan-tei ("Pavilion beside the pond") - This building was given this name because it was built beside Hirosawa Pond, a feature of the Sagano area where the Heian-kyo is located. At present, the building is used by members for seminars. On the same site is the Rakusei Dormitory for the students of the Kyusei College. The Chihan-tei is a wooden building with about 298 square meters.

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