Joruriji Pagoda - Joruri-ji Temple is ideally set in the hills above Nara and the only existing Heian Period Amida Hall with nine images of Amida and the nine levels of enlightenment. Amida halls were built by Heian aristocrats in anticipation of the Latter Day of the Law which started in 1052. In that degenerate age it was thought that the saving grace of Amida was the only way to achieve a better rebirth. Other existing Amida Halls are Byodo-in in Uji. There is a small pagoda representing Yakushi Eastern Paradise facing a pure land pond garden with an island representing the human realm.
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