Jodo Shinshu Monastery

Jodo Shinshu Monastery


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  • Cost: 1500
  • +2 happiness for the Ikko population
  • Spreads radical Ikko beliefs to neighbouring provinces (+3 religious zeal)
  • Converts the populace into followers of the Ikko faith (+5 religious zeal)
  • Enables recruitment of Rank 1 Ikko monks

Clan Effects

  • Improves the rate at which chi arts are mastered: +4%
  • Each Ikko temple chain building enables you to sustain one additional Ikko monk (to a maximum of 5)


Faith does not always bring inner peace.

A monastery allows the masses somewhere to gather so they may honour the teachings of Buddha. This is a solid symbol of local commitment to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism; it increases the happiness of all the faithful and spreads the word too. Christians, however, may feel threatened by, and unhappy because of, the presence of this vigorous and forceful sect. In a determined rejection of the old style of Buddhism, Jodo Shinshu buildings differ greatly from other Buddhist structures. They are not built with the main hall, the hondo, facing southwards; rather, the hall faces east to honour Buddha who looks eastwards from his western Paradise. Unlike other sects, a Jodo Shinshu hondo is always dedicated to Shinran Shonin, as a goeido, or "founder's hall". Other Buddhist temples dedicate the main hall to one of the many Buddhist gods. A second hall for mass worship is also dedicated to Buddha, and there are few training areas and dormitory blocks for the monks. There are even quarters set aside for married monks in the style of private homes and gardens, quite separate from the temple's public spaces. This building can only be constructed by the Ikko Ikki and cannot be used by any other clan.