Apr 30, 2013

Yearning for the Pure Land Paradise: The Faith and History of Taimadera Temple, at Nara National Museum

Yearning for the Pure Land Paradise: The Faith and History of Taimadera Temple, at Nara National Museum

6th April - 2nd June, 2013 | at Nara National Museum  

Taimadera, a Buddhist temple situated at the eastern foot of the mountain Nijōzan (Katsuragi City in Nara Prefecture), is famed for the Woven Taima Mandara, the temple’s principal worship object that depicts the magnificence of the Pure Land paradise, and the legend of Chūjō-hime, a young noblewoman of the Nara period whose piety was responsible for the creation of the mandara during the Nara period and who was thus reborn in paradise. 
Every year in May, the splendid Neri-kuyō ritual (formally called Shōju raigō neri kuyō-e shiki) is held to reenact the arrival of the Buddha Amida and a host of bodhisattvas to welcome Chūjō-hime to paradise. The year 2012 marked the 1400th anniversary of the founding of the Manhōzō-in, the temple thought to have been the precursor of Taimadera, and 2013 is the 1250th year since Chūjō-hime’s faith was responsible for the weaving of the Taima Mandara in 763. 
This exhibition, which celebrates these landmark anniversaries, is the first Taimadera exhibition where visitors can encounter the Woven Taima Mandara, a National Treasure, along with other temple treasures and related objects in a single location and also experience the appeal of the history and profound faith of Taimadera.  


# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/130406taima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.narahaku.go.jp/english/index_e.html



「當麻寺 ―極楽浄土へのあこがれ―」奈良国立博物館

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