Torin-in Temple (東林院)
Torin-in Temple is one of the sub-temples of Myoshin-ji Temple of the Rinzai sect. Torin-in Temple is renowned for the treasured 300 year-old sal tree (Shorea robusta) on its grounds. It is commonly known as the Temple of Sal Tree.
The origin of Torin-in Temple lies in Sanyu-in Temple which was erected in 1531 by Ujitsuna HOSOKAWA to pray to Buddha for the happiness of his deceased father, and was located in present Kamigyo-ku Ward, Kyoto City. In 1556, Toyokuni YAMANA relocated Sanyu-in Temple to the grounds of Myoshin-ji Temple, changing its name to the current Torin-in Temple. At this time Torin-in Temple became the ancestral temple of the Yamana clan from the original family temple of the Hosokawa clan.
Buddhist Vegetarian Cuisine
The present resident priest Genbo NISHIKAWA is well-known as a Buddhist vegetarian food researcher, currently offering a Buddhist vegetarian cooking class (by appointment only) on Tuesdays and, in addition, reservations for a party of 3 or more are accepted for sampling a Buddhist vegetarian meal on the premises.
Torin-ji Temple is not open to the public as a rule but special admission is permitted on the occasions of the 'rice and azuki bean porridge party' in January and the 'sal tree viewing' event in June every year.
Torin-in Temple offers lodging services on the premises. Lodging reservations must be made in advance by sending a return postcard (a postcard with a reply card attached).