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Honen Gender: M
Honen Shonin
born on 13 May 1133 Jul.Cal. (20 May 1133 greg.) at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Kume, Japan, 35n03, 133e54
Timezone LMT m133e54 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 28°06' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 26°43 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 02°40'

Honen (Portrait by Fujiwara Takanobu, 12th Century)


Japanese Buddhist monk, the religious reformer and founder of the first independent branch of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism called Jōdo-shū ("The Pure Land School"). In his youth as a monk, he sought an approach to Buddhism that anyone could follow. After discovering the writings of Chinese Buddhist, Shan-tao, he undertook the teaching of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amitabha through reciting the Buddha's name, or nembutsu. He died on February 29, 1212.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Honen The Buddhist Saint: Essential Writings and Official Biography" edited by Joseph A. Fitzgerald (World Wisdom, 2006),p. 3: "Honen Shonin was born in the village of Inaoka in the southern part of the township of Kume in the province of Mimasaka ... [on] May 20, 1133 ... she gave painless birth to a son, precisely at the hour of the horse (12 am), when a purple cloud appeared in the sky ... and the luster of their patterns shone brightly in the sunbeams." NOTE: The hour of the horse is from 11am to 1pm, so the author apparently means 12 noon. Wikipedia gives 13 May 1133 which is presumably Old Style, equal to 20/5/1133 NS.


  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ eastern (Japanese Buddhist monk)
  • Vocation : Religion : Other Religion (Reformer)