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Shinnyo-do was founded in 984 by priest Kaisan to enshrine a statue of Buddha of Paradise. The temple became famous as a training centre where one can practice the "Fudan Nenbutsu", a prayer to Buddha that lasts all day without any pause, a tradition evolved into "O-juja" a 10 day chanting prayer that is still performed every year. Many famous people and families are buried in the temple. Leaving the main hall, a covered path leads to two gardens. The first is the Nehan "Nirvana" garden and was built in the classic karesansui rock garden style in 1988. It uses the borrowed andscape technique to include Mt. Hiei in its design. The second garden was designed by Shigemori Chisao - Its geometrical pattern is similar in design to his father Shigemori Mirei works at Tofuku-ji and elsewhere.