Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Its official name is Rokuon-ji. It was first established in 1397. However, in 1950, a 22-year old novice monk burned the pavilion down and then tried to commit suicide. He survived, went to prison, but was released early in 1955 due to mental illness (persecution complex and schizophrenia.) He died of tuberculosis in 1956. The pavilion that we see today was rebuilt in 1955.

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“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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