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Kakunyo

(1270—1351)


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(1270–1351).

A great-grandson of Shinran (1173–1262), the founder of the Jōdo Shinshū, and the third caretaker of Shinran's mausoleum. At the time of his accession to the post at the age of 41, the right of the heirs of Kakushinni (1224–83), Shinran's daughter, through her first husband was disputed by the heirs of her second husband, who had donated the land for the mausoleum. Before his death, the imperial court intervened and settled the matter in Kakunyo's favour, thus establishing a blood succession from Shinran for the position. At this time, the mausoleum itself had begun to take on more importance as the focal point of a cult of Shinran among Shinshū believers, which eventually led to its transformation into the Honganji.and the caretaker into the de facto head of the school.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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