Toki Horyu (土宜法竜) (Biographical details)

Toki Horyu (土宜法竜) (cleric/religious official; Japanese; Male; 1854 - 1923)

Also known as

Toki Horyu; Toki Horiou (French transliteration)

Biography

Priest of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, donated priest's garments to the BM in 1895. While chief-priest at Mitani-ji temple (on Shikoku) he was one of four Japanese representatives who attended the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. He returned to Japan via the UK and France (accompanied by Shaku Soen): in London in October 1893 he met Minakata Kumagusu (q.v.), after which they began a long correspondence on religion, with him he visited the British Museum and was shown the library by Sir AW Franks (q.v.); in Paris he conducted the Gohoraku ceremony at the Musee Guimet in November 1893. He later became chief abbot of Koyasan temple complex.

Bibliography

Antony Boussemart, "East Meets West: Toki Horyu (1854-1923), a Shingon Monk and the 1893 Chicago World's Parliament of Religions", 'Japanese Religions', vol. 27, no. 2 (July 2002), pp. 179-194.