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Carved by 西村公朝 Nishimura Kocho in 1975
in a keya tree (Torreya nucifera)


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Fudō Myō-ō 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
- Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja

Who is he? - Introduction


Fudoo Myoo-Oo / Acala Vidyârâja 不動明王
Fudoo Myoo-Oo - Japanese   

19 Characteristic Signs of Fudo Myo-O . 不動十九観

Three Most Famous Fudo . 三大不動尊 Sandai Fudo Son

Fudo Myo-o. Explanation in German. auf Deutsch


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Sometimes he is even called

不動明はデビルマン Devil man


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Japanese Deities

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Japanese Buddhas and Deities


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.................. Introducing Buddha Statues


History of Buddha Statues in Japan 仏像の歴史



.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Nyorai Group 如来


Amida Buddha 阿弥陀如来

Dainichi Nyorai 大日如来 The Great Sun, Center of the Universe

O-Take Nyorai お竹如来

Shaka Nyorai 釈迦如来  Gautama Buddha

Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来、Buddha of Medicine


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Bosatsu Group 菩薩

. Bosatsu 菩薩  Bodhisattva Group .


Daigen Shuri Bosatsu 招宝七郎大権修理菩薩
monastery-protecting spirit (gogaranjin 護伽藍神)
and temple Anryu-Ji 安竜寺


Fugen Bosatsu 普賢菩薩(ふげんぼさつ) (Samantabhadra)
and the white Elephant


Hoki Bosatsu, Hooki Bosatsu 法起菩薩 ... "Hoodoo Sennin" 法道仙人, Temple Bodaiji 菩提寺, Saint Tokudo 徳道上人



... ... ... Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵菩薩
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Ajimi Jizo 嘗試地蔵 and Kobo DaishiKoya san

Jizo as Jigoku Bosatsu 地獄菩薩, Namu Jigoku Daibosatsu
南無地獄大菩薩

Asekaki Jizoo, the Sweating Jizo 汗かき地蔵

Gote Jizoo ごて地蔵 Gote Jizo , Osaka, Kita-Ku
曽根崎警察署の裏

Hadaka Jizoo Naked Jizo 裸地蔵

Hooroku Jizoo ほうろく地蔵 with an earthen pot on his head
(Horoku Jizo 焙烙地蔵)

Miso Jizoo 広島のみそ地蔵

O-Bake Jizoo 化け地蔵 the monstrous Jizo statues Nikko

Omokaru Jizoo, Heavy or Light Jizo おもかる地蔵、重軽地蔵

Shinpei-Ji 心平寺 地蔵  Kencho-Ji, Kamakura

Shioname Jizo 塩嘗地蔵 Salt-tasting Jizo in Kamakura

Yonaki Jizo and babies crying at night 夜泣き地蔵



... ... ... Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩

Batoo Kannon, Horseheaded Kannon 馬頭観音

Hakodate 33 Kannon Pilgrimage 西国移土三十三観音, 函館市湯川寺

Hatakiri Kannon はたきり観音さん, Shikoku Henro 10

Jundei Kannon, Juntei Kannon 准胝 観音 Mother of all Buddhas
准胝仏母(じゅんていぶっぽ)

Maria Kannon マリア観音 Christians in Nagasaki

Nyoirin Kannon, Wishfulfilling Kannon如意輪観音
..... Seiryuu Gongen, Dragon Deity Zennyo 清瀧権現

O-Shichi Kannon お七観音 at temple Tanjo-Ji in Okayama 誕生寺 (Tanjooji)

Senju Kannon, with 1000 Arms and Juuichimen Kannon with 11 heads 千手観音, 十一面観音

Shichimen Kannon 七面観音 Nichiren and Mount Minobu
Shichimen Daibosatsu 七面大菩薩

Usuzumi Kannon, Light Charcoal Cherry Tree Kannon 薄墨観音




Kokuuzoo Bosatsu 虚空蔵菩薩 Kokuzo Bosatsu
Akashagarbha Bodhisattva.
Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Memory



Maso Bosatsu, Senrigan and Junpuji 媽祖菩薩, 千里眼, 順風耳

Memyo Bosatsu 馬鳴菩薩. Ashvagosha

Miroku Bosatsu 弥勒菩薩 Maitreya

Monju Bosatsu 文殊菩薩 Manjushri

Myoken Bosatsu (Myooken Bosatsu) 妙見菩薩
and Star Shrines in Japan, Hoshi Jinja 星神社


Seishi Bosatsu 勢至菩薩 Mahasthamaprapta


Sengen Daibosatsu 浅間大菩薩 Deity of Mount Fuji



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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Myo-O Group 明王の部

Aizen Myo-O  愛染明王

Daigensui 大元帥明王 Taigen (Atavaka)

Daiitoku Myo-O 大威徳明王 Yamaantaka


. . . . Fudo Myo-O ... see above


Goosanze Myo-O 降三世明王 Gosanze Trilokavijaya


Kujaku Myo-O 孔雀明王 The Pheasant Wisdom King 

Ususama Myo-O 烏瑟沙摩明王
Ucchusma, deity of the toilet

Zao Gongen 蔵王権現


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Ten Group, Tenbu 天部 Deva, Devas

Many of them are devas are deities coming from India and some have shrines with a torii 鳥居entrance gate dedicated to them. The division between Shinto and Buddhism is difficult here, ecpecially since many sanctuaries were erected before the separation of the two religions in Japan in the Meiji period.


Ashura, Asura (あしゅら) 阿修羅


Benzaiten 弁財天, Benten 弁天 Benzai-Ten
..... Benten and the Gods of Water


Bishamonten、Tamonten 多聞天 (Vaishravana) 毘沙門天、毘沙門の使ひ

Bishukatsuma 毘首羯磨 (Vishvakarman ヴィシュヴァカルマン)
自在天王・工巧天・巧妙天

Daikoku Ten 大黒天 Daikoku sama

Dairokuten Ma-O ... 第六天魔王, 大六天 Take Jizaiten 他化自在天

Dakiniten, Dakini Ten (Vajra Daakini) 荼枳尼天

Datsueba 奪衣婆 or 脱衣婆 the Old Hag of Hell

Ebisu ... 夷 恵比寿 恵比須 えびす、エビス God of Good Luck

Enma Ten, Enma Oo (Emma): The King of Hell閻魔天、閻魔王
..... The Ten Kings of Hell, Juu Oo 十王


Gigeiten 伎芸天 Daijizai Tennyo 大自在天女 and
Daijizai Ten 大自在天 (Shiva)

Gohoojin 護法神 Protectors of the Buddhist law


Hotei 布袋 Pu-Tai

Idaten 韋駄天 (Skanda)

Juuni Shinshoo 十二神将 Twelve Heavenly Generals,
12 Warrior Generals

Kankiten (Ganesh) Elephant-headed deity

Kichijoten 吉祥天 Kichijooten (Lakshmi, Shri Mahadevi)

Kishibojin 鬼子母神, Kishimojin, Kangimo, Kariteimo 訶梨帝母

Madarajin, Matarajin, Matara Shin 摩多羅神 Mathara, Mahakala

Mao son 護法魔王尊 Gohoo Maoo Son
and the three sonten 尊天 of Kurama mountain temple

Marishiten 摩利支天 Marishi Ten

Nio, Deva Kings 仁王 (Nioo, Niou)


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Shakudaijin 石大神 - near Ogisu, Suzuka-gun, Kyoto
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Shomen Kongo 青面金剛 Shoomen Kongoo


Taishakuten, Taishaku Ten 帝釈天
Indra, Sakra Deva, Shakra Devanam Indra
and the Koshin Cult (kooshin 庚申, ka no e saru)


The Gods of the four elements 風水天地の神様
水神 Suijin, 風神 Fuujin, 地神 Chijin, 火神 Kajin


Seven Gods of Good Luck 七福神 Shichifukujin 


. Wakaten 若天 Fudo Myo-O .

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Saints and holy figures


Binzuru 賓頭盧 (Pinzuru)

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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Shinto Deities 神道の神様


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- - - - - The Gods of Japan and Haiku (kami to hotoke)


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Shingō 神語
A "divine title" affixed to the name of a kami.
A wide variety of titles have come into use in accordance with the unique characteristics of kami, and as a result of historical changes in the way kami have been understood. In the ancient period, the title mikoto was used, while expressions such as myōjin ("shining kami"), daibosatsu (great bodhisattva), and gongen (avatar) came into use as a product of kami-buddha combinatory cults (shinbutsu shūgō). During the Edo period, the title reisha ("spirit shrine") was applied to the departed spirits of human beings.

The title mikoto, written variously with the characters 命 or 尊 was used in ancient classics such as Kojiki and Nihongi as a title of respect for both kami and noble persons. It is believed that mi represents an honorific prefix, while koto means "thing," "event," or "word"; together, the reading mikoto has been interpreted as referring to a "noble personage," "minister" or "medium" (mikotomochi), and "noble child" (miko; see mikogami).

Nihongi differentiates between the usage of characters 尊 and 命 for mikoto, stating that the earlier character is used to refer only to kami of the utmost dignity with direct linkage to the imperial descent, while the latter character is used for all other kami.

The title myōjin 明神 as applied to Japanese kami is believed to evolved from an earlier term myōjin 名神 ("eminent kami"), which was used in ancient works like Engishiki to refer to kami of particularly noteworthy power. Under the influence of the homophonic myōjin 明神 ("shining deity") found in Chinese and Buddhist texts, the latter character combination came to be applied to indigenous kami as well.

Daibosatsu is obviously a term of Buddhist origin, and refers to a "great kami that has awakened to the Way of the Bodhisattva." The title daibosatsu is first seen in 781, when the kami Hachiman was honored with the title Gokoku Reigen Iriki Jintsū Daibosatsu ("Great Bodhisattva of National Protection and Marvelous Spirit Power"). From that time, the title daibosatsu has been applied to numerous other kami, including Fuji Sengen Daibosatsu and Tado Daibosatsu.

Gongen (avatar) is likewise of Buddhist origin, a term deriving from the doctrine of honji suijaku ("original essence, manifest traces"). According to this belief, buddhas may provisionally manifest themselves in this world in the form of kami or deities indigenous to various locales. Some well-known kami bestowed with this title include Kumano Gongen, Kasuga Gongen, and Hakusan Gongen.

The title reisha originates with the Yuiitsu Shinto school of the Yoshida family, which first used the term to refer to a shrine erected over the grave of the school's founder. Mano Tokitsuna's Kokin shingaku ruihen describes reisha as "a general term referring to shrines devoted to the spirits of human beings," but the term was also later used as a title for the kami themselves. Within Yoshida Shintō, the titles reijin reisha and myōjin were all applied to deceased human spirits, and this usage influenced the use of the terms in other schools as well, including Yoshikawa Shintō and Suika Shintō, where they were applied to persons who had mastered the deepest imports of the religion. Some of these individuals included Yoshikawa Koretari, posthumously titled Miaredō Reisha, and Yamazaki Ansai, who was titled Suika Reisha.

Another unusual example of the attribution of shingō to humans is that of Sugawara Michizane, who was titled tenjin or "heavenly deity."
source : Sato Masato, Kokugakuin 2005


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12/29/2015

Fudo Myo-O Introduction

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Who is Fudo Myo-O, the Wisdom King ?

Fudō Myō-ō, Fudoo Myoo-Oo , Fudou Myou Ou 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja

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Acala (Skr.: Acala, Achala अचल; "immovable" one)
is a guardian deity primarily revered in Vajrayana Buddhism in Japan, China and elsewhere.

He is classed among the vidyārāja and preeminent among the Five Wisdom Kings of the Womb Realm. Accordingly, his figure occupies an important hierarchical position in the pictorial diagramatic Mandala of the Two Realms. In Japan, Acala is revered in the Shingon, Tendai, Zen and Nichiren sects.



Overview
Descriptions of his physical appearance derive from such scriptural source as the Mahavairocana Tantra (Dainichikyō (『大日経』)) and its annotation.

His face is expressive of extreme wrath, wrinkle-browed,left eye squinted or looking askance, lower teeth biting down the upper lip. He has the physique of a corpulent (round-bellied) child. He bears a sword in his right hand, and a lariat or noose (kensaku (羂索)) in his left hand. He is engulfed in flame, and seated on a "huge rock base" (banjakuza (盤石座)).

Acala is said to be a powerful deity who protects All the Living (sattva, shujō (衆生)) by burning away all impediments (antar-aya, shōnan (障難)) and defilements, thus aiding them towards enlightenment.

In Japanese esoteric Buddhism, according to an arcane interpretive concept known as the "three wheel-embodiments(ja)" or san rinjin (三輪身) Acala and the rest of the five wisdom kings are considered kyōryō tenshin (教令輪身 "embodiments of the wheel of injunction"), or beings whose actions constitute the teaching of the law (the other embodiments teach by word, or merely by their manifest existence). Under this conceptualization, the wisdom kings are ranked superior to the Dharmapala (gohō zenshin (護法善神)), a different class of guardian deities. Nevertheless, this distinction sometimes fails to be asserted, or the two are openly treated as synonymous by many commentators, even in clearly Japanese religious contexts.

The Sanskrit symbol that represents Acala is hāṃ हां ( conventionally transliterated kān (kaan) (カーン)).
However, it has been confounded with the similar glyph (हूं hūṃ), prompting some commentators to mistakenly identify the Acala with other deities. (The Sanskrit symbol is called siddham, bonji (梵字)), or "seed syllable" (zh: bīja, Ja: shuji (種子)).

Some of the other transliterations and variants to his name are Ācalanātha, Āryācalanātha, Ācala-vidyā-rāja. The Hindu form of the deity may also be known as Caṇḍamahāroṣaṇa or Caṇḍaroṣaṇa "the violent-wrathful" one.

History
Originally the Hindu deity Acalanātha (अचलनाथ),
whose name in Sanskrit signifies ācala "immovable" + nātha' "protector, Acala was incorporated into esoteric Buddhism (late 7th century, India) as a servant of Buddha. In Tang Dynasty China, he became Budong (pinyin: Búdòng; Middle Chinese: /pǝw dungx/- 不動, "immovable"), a translated-meaning-name derived from Acala. In turn, the deity was imported into Japan as Fūdō (不動) "immovable") by the priest Kobo Daishi Kūkai (died 835) who was studying in China as a member of the Kentoshi mission, and founded the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.

As the deity's importance waned in India and China (as did the religion itself), the iconic image remained popular throughout the Middle Ages (and into modern times) in Nepal, Tibet and Japan, where sculptural and pictorial representations of them are most often found. Much of the iconography comes from Japan, where a popular cult especially devoted to him has developed.

In Tibetan Buddhism and art, the buddha Akshobhya, whose name also means "the immovable one", presides over the clan of deities to which Ācala belongs. Other sources refer to the Acala/Caṇḍaroṣaṇa as an "emanation" of Akshobhya, suggesting further assimilation.

Acala in Japan
Fudō-myōō (不動明王) is the full Japanese name for Acala-vidyaraja, or Fudō (o-Fudō-sama etc.) for short. It is the literal translation of the Sanskrit term "immovable wisdom king".

Iconography
Acala in Buddhist art since the Heian era has depicted him as angry-faced, holding a vajra sword and a lariat. In later representations, such as those used by the yamabushi monks, he may have one fang pointing up and another pointing down, and a braid on the one side of his head.

The sword he holds may or may not be flaming and sometimes described only generically as a hōken (宝剣 "treasure sword") or as kongō-ken (金剛杵 "vajra sword"), which is descriptive of the fact that the pommel of the sword is in the shape of the talon-like kongō-sho (金剛杵 "vajra") of one type or another. It may also be referred to as sanko-ken (三鈷剣 "three-pronged vajra sword"). However in some cases as in the Akafudo painting, the divinity is seen holding the Kurikara-ken, a sword with the dragon coiled around it.

The flaming nimbus or halo behind the statue is known as the "karura flame", after a mythical firebreathing birdlike creature, the garuda.

The two boy servants who is usually depicted in attendance to Acala are named Kongara (Kiṃkara) and Seitaka (Ceṭaka) though there are said to be eight such boy servants altoghether, and as many as forty-eight servants overall.

His seat, the banjakuza (盤石座 or "huge rock base")   is considered an appropriate iconographic symbol to demonstrate the steadfastness of" the Fudō.

Acala/Fudo Cult
In Japan, Acala became an idol of worship in its own right, and became installed as the gohonzon (本尊) or main deity at temples and outdoor shrines. A famous example is the Narita Fudo, a Shingon subsect temple at Narita-san.

At Shingon Buddhist temples dedicated to Ācala, priests perform the Fudō-hō (不動法), or ritual service to enlist the deity's power of purification to benefit the faithful. This rite routinely involves the use of the ritual burning ceremony, fire ritual or goma (護摩) (Skr.: Homa) as a purification tool.

Lay persons or monks in yamabushi gear who go into rigorous training outdoors in the mountains also often pray to small Ācala statue or talisman they carry, which serve as his honzon. This praciticed path of yamabushi's training, known as Shugendō, predates the introduction of Ācala, so at first adored idols such as the Zaō Gongen who appeared before the sect's founder En no Ozunu or the Vairocana. But eventually Ācala was added to list of deities most typically enshrined by the yamabushi monks, either portable, or installed in outdoor shrines (hokora). These statues would be often placed near waterfalls (a common training ground) and deep in the mountains and in caves.

Ācala also tops the list of so-called Thirteen Buddhas (jūsan butsu (十三仏)). Thus Shingon sect mourners assign the Fudo the "First Seven Days" (Shonanoka (初七日)) of service. The first week is an important observance, but perhaps not as prominently important as the observance of "seven times seven days" (i.e. 49 days) signifying the end of "intermediate state" (bardo).

Literature on Shinto Buddhist ritual will explain that such and such Sanskrit "seed syllable", or mantra or mudra is attendant to each of the "buddhas" for each observance period. But the scholarly consensus seems to be that the invoking of the "Thirteen Buddhas" had evolved later around the 14th century and became widespread by the following century, so this could not have been part of the original teachings by priest Kukai, but rather a later adaptation.
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Acala Vidyârâja
is one of the Vidyârâjas (Myôô) class of deities, and a very wrathful deity.

He is portrayed holding a sword in his right hand and a coiled rope in his left hand. With this sword of wisdom, Acala cuts through deluded and ignorant minds and with the rope he binds those who are ruled by their violent passions and emotions. He leads them onto the correct path of self control. Acala is also portrayed surrounded by flames, flames which consume the evil and the defilements of this world. He sits on a flat rock which symbolizes the unshakeable peace and bliss which he bestows to the minds and the bodies of his devotees.

Purpose and Vows
Acala transmits the teachings and the injunctions of Mahâvairocana to all living beings and whether they agree to accept or to reject these injunctions is up to them, Acala's blue/black body and fierce face symbolize the force of his will to draw all beings to follow the teachings of the Buddha. Nevertheless, Acala's nature is essentially one of compassion and he has vowed to be of service to all beings for eternity.

Acala also represents his aspect of service by having his hair knotted in the style of a servant: his hair is tied into seven knots and falls down from his head on the left side. Acala has two teeth protruding from out of his mouth, an upper tooth and a lower tooth. The upper tooth is pointed downward and this represents his bestowing unlimited compassion who are suffering in body and spirit. His lower tooth is pointed upward and this represents the strength of his desire to progress upward in his service for the Truth. In his upward search for Bodhi and in his downward concern for suffering beings, he represents the beginning of the religious quest, the awakening of the Bodhicitta and the beginning of his compassionate concern for others.
It is for this reason that the figure of Acala is placed first among
the thirteen deities (juusanbutsu 十三仏).

His vow is to do battle with evil with a powerful mind of compassion and to work for the protection of true happiness. To pray for recovery from illness and for safety while traveling is to rely upon his vow and power to save. Acala is also the guide for the deceased, to help save them and assist them in becoming buddhas for the first seven days after death.

Read more about these 13 deities.
http://www.shingon.org/deities/jusanbutsu/fudo.html

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The 19 characteristics of Fudo Myo-O
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Firmly Rooted: On Fudo Myoo's Origins
by Richard K. Payne
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Read more on this extensive page about Buddha Statues
... Mark Schumacher ...

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12/28/2015

19 Signs

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19 Characteristic Signs of Fudo Myo-O

不動十九観 / 不動十九相観

Fudoo Juukyuu Sansoo
Fudo Jukyu Sanso

Just as Buddha Shakyamuni has 32 characteristic signs, Fudo Myo-O has 19.
They are described in documents of the Tendai sect like the following:

1 He is an incarnation of Dainichi Nyorai.
2 His Mantra has the four letters : a ro kan man .
3 He usually lives in a world of fire.
4 He has the figure of a fat young man, rather unpleasant.
5 He has seven knots in his hair and a lotos blossom on top of them.

6 On his left shoulder a plait of hair hangs down.
7 The wrinkles on his forehead look like water waves.
8 The left eye is closed, the right one wide open.
9 He bites his right upper lip with the lower teeth and his left lip protrudes.
10 He has his mouth shut strictly.

11 He carries a three-pronged sword in his right hand.
12 He carries a rope in his left hand.
13 He eats the leftover food of ascetic monks.
14 He stands or sits on a throne of stone.
15 His body color is of an unpleasant black-blue-green.

16 His look is fierce and threatening.
17 He has a firy Garuda bird on his halo.
18 A Kurikara Dragon is wrapped around his sword.
19 He has two child acolytes by his side.


09 . kiba 牙 the teeth of Fudo .

11 . gooma riken 降魔利剣 demon-subjugating sharp sword .

12 . kensaku, kenjaku 羂索 rope, lariat, noose .

14 . daiza 台座 seat, throne .

17 . koohai, kōhai 光背 mandorla, halo, Nimbus.

18 . Kurikara sword 倶利伽羅不動剣 .

19 . Sanjuuroku Dooji 三十六童子 36 Attendants .
Kongara 矜迦羅童子(こんがらどうじ)、
Seitaka 制迦童子(せいたかどうじ)

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天台僧 安然が、「不動立印儀軌修行次第」により不動明王を想い従うために唱えたもの

(1)大日如来の化身
(2)真言中に、ア・ロ・カン・マンの4字がある
(3)常に火生三昧(かしょうざんまい)に住んでいる
(4)肥満した童子の姿で、卑しい
(5)頭頂に七沙髻があり、蓮華をのせている

(6)左肩に一弁髪を垂らす benpatsu
(7)額に水波(すいは)のようなしわがある suiha
(8)左の目を閉じ右の目を開いている
(9)下の歯で右上の唇を噛み、左下の唇の外へ出している
(10)口を硬く閉じている

(11)右手に三鈷剣を持っている
(12)左手に羂索を持っている
(13)行者の残食を食べる
(14)大磐石の上に安座している
(15)色が醜く青黒

(16)奮迅して憤怒している
(17)光背に迦楼羅炎(かるらえん)がある
(18)倶力迦羅竜が剣にまとわりついている
(19)両脇に2童子が侍している
source : www.kyototsuu.jp



Buddha Shakyamuni
Signs of a Great Man 32 and 80

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8/20/2014

Jion-Ji Yamagata

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Jionji 慈恩寺 Jion-Ji

Nr. 01 Honzan 本山 - 慈恩寺
- 犬突き不動 Inu-tsuki Fudo, Fudo piercing a dog 
Jionji 慈恩寺 Jion-Ji
Iwate 岩手県 - 精進の道場 - shoojin

Once a mad dog appeared and caused a lot of trouble.
So Fudo took his sword and stabbed the dog to kill him.

. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .
 

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山形県寒河江市大字慈恩寺地籍31
31 Jionji, Sagae, Yamagata Prefecture

Main statues are Miroku Bosatsu 弥勒菩薩 and
Kurikara Fudo 倶利釈迦不動明王

This temple has been the center of the culture in the retion of Sagae town 寒河江市 along the river 寒河江川 Sagaegawa, a tributary to river 最上川 Mogamigawa.

In the year 724, priest Gyoki passed here and back home in Kyoto praized the region for its beautiful scenery.
Later in 746 priest Baramon Sojo 波羅門僧上 Bodaisenna founded the temple in the name of Shomu Tenno (701 - 756) as a chokuganji 勅願寺 (temple build by order of an emperor).
(There are more temples in Tohoku that go back to these two priests and Shomu Tenno with prayers to bring peace to the Tohoku region.)

It served the Tendai and Shingon sect of Buddhism.
In our times it has become home to 17 sub-temples, like 最上院、華厳院 and 宝蔵院.


- Chant of the temple
出羽路なる大慈大悲の不動尊 
結ぶえにしは 法のみ山に


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不動明王 Fudo Myo-O

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慈恩寺秘仏展 Exhibition of Secret Buddha Statues
 2013

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Jion-ji temple is in Sagae City, which is known as a cherry-growing place. It is said that a Brahman in obedience to an imperial command of the Emperor Temnu opened the temple in 746.
In the Edo era, it was granted a stipend of 2,912 “koku” and florished as a grand Buddhist temple in Tohoku region. Its cultural asset of statues, paintings and alter fittings for Buddhism created in the period from Heian through Muromachi affiliated with the noble society in Kyoto is considered to be a match for that of Hiraizumi Chuson-ji-Temple.

In conjunction with the pre-destination promotion 2013 in the prefecture, invaluable statues at Jion-ji
It is a rare opportunity to view images of Buddha that are not usually available.

- Exhibits:
Seated Statues of Yakushi Nyorai [Healing Buddha] (Heian period: nationally-designated important cultural property) , not open to the public
Seated Statue of Dainichi Nyorai [Mahavairocana] (Kamakura period: municipally-designated tangible cultural property), not open to the public
Standing Statue of Kannon Bosatsu (Kamakura period: municipally-designated tangible cultural property), hidden from the public
Standing Statue of Seishi Bosatsu [Vajrapani] (Kamakura period: municipally-designated tangible cultural property), hidden from the public
- source : en.tohokukanko.jp/


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Book for the temple stamps - 御朱印帳





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juutetsu bussho bachi 鋳鉄仏餉鉢
cast iron pot for Buddhist rice offerings
from the year 1606.

If you place your head in this beautiful pot, it will prevent Alzheimer's disease and other infirmities of the head.

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Celebrating 1300 years of this temple, the secret statues will be shown
開山 1300年 秘仏御開帳記念

- - - - - Homepage of the temple
- source : www.honzan-jionji.jp


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- - - - - Yearly Festivals 年中行事

January 1 修正会(しゅしょうえ)Shushoo-E
February - 大般若会(だいはんにゃえ)Dai Hanya-E
May 4 濫觴会(らんじょうえ) Ranjoo-E
May 5 一切経会(慈恩寺舞楽) Issaikyoo-E


source : www.honzan-jionji.jp
September, Second sunday
柴燈護摩会(さいとうごまえ) Saitoo Goma-E, fire ritual

December 31 除夜の鐘 "ringing out the old year"

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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Introduction .
 

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. Gyōki, Gyoki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 Saint Gyoki .
(668 - 749)
and Baramon Sojo 波羅門僧上 (Barahman from India)
Bodaisenna Bodhisena, Bodhisenna 菩提僊那
(704–760)

. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and talismans from Japan . 

. Japanese Temples - ABC list - .


. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .
 

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8/18/2014

Kongo-Ji Iwate

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Kesen Narita Fudo 気仙成田不動尊

Nr. 24 Nyoizan 如意山 - 金剛寺 - 気仙成田不動尊 - Kesen Narita Fudo
Kongooji 金剛寺 Kongo-Ji
in Rikuzen Takata
Iwate 岩手県 - 精進の道場 - shoojin

. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .
 

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岩手県陸前高田市気仙町 - Kesen village, Rikuzen Takata town


The main statue is Nyoirin Kannon 如意輪観世音菩薩.

The river Kesengawa flows right through the inlay, where the thriving fishing port of Rikuzen Takata 陸前高田 used to be before the earthquake of 2011.

The first priest of this temple was 宥鑁法印 Yuban, who had been banned from the capital of Kyoto and then been pardones in 888.

Around the year 885 the poet 大江千里 Oe no Chisato passed here.

Date Masamune took residence at this temple when he passed the region during an inspection. During that time there were more than 30 sub-temples near the compound.

In our times it was a temple for mountain ascetics, with the hall for Fudo Myo-O at the top of the mountain. This hall had been built in 1673, when a messenger from the main Narita temple in Chiba came here to pray and dedicate it.

- Chant of the temple
成田より遷座しお座せる不動尊 
願い祈りて叶えざるなし




. Date Masamune 伊達政宗 .
(September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636)


Ooe no Chisato, Ōe no Chisato 大江千里 Oe no Chisato
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poet nr. 23 of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu poetry collection

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Kesen Narita 気仙成田山護摩堂 Narita San, Goma-Do





- source : blogs.yahoo.co.jp/syory159sp

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. Narita Fudo 成田不動尊 .
Temple Shinshooji 新勝寺 Shinsho-Ji in Chiba - the Main Narita Temple

After the earthquake in 2011, many people from the Main Narita Temple came here to help as best as they could.

気仙成田山とのご縁をもとにした
陸前高田での被災地支援活動
今より339年前1673年(延宝元年)に成田山から勧請(かんじょう)された御分霊を奉安する岩手県陸前高田市にある気仙成田山(真言宗智山派如意山金剛寺)。
当時避難所となっていた気仙成田山で、被災地の皆さまと共に、震災物故者の供養を行いました。




被災松を使った大勝御守 おおかちおんまもり
ookachi on mamori  -
special amulet to "win" and carry on after the tsunami


This had been lost in the tsunami, but now been re-newed at Narita san, Main temple.

This amulet is bringing together all people of the world, to help after the tsunami.

- Read more about all the efforts here :
- source : naritasan.or.jp/special



本堂と客殿 - after the earthquake



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- - - - - Homepage of the temple
不動堂 The Fudo Hall

- source : www.tohoku36fudo.jp


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- - - - - Yearly Festivals 年中行事

January 1 - 初詣(元旦)First visit to Fudo Myo-O

縁日(8月28日)- fire ritual every month on the 28th

December 26 - 納札お焚きあげ - ritual fire ceremony to burn the old amulets


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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Introduction .
 



- Not to mix with :
The famous port of Kesennuma 気仙沼, Miyagi, has been destroyed by the great earthquake on March 11, 2011.
It used to be a town full of restaurants serving local specialities.
. Kesennuma ningyoo 気仙沼の人形 Kesennuma dolls .

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Rikuzentakata 陸前高田市
is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

In the quinquennial census of 2010, the city has a population of 23,302 (2005: 24,709) and a population density of 100 persons per km². The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami caused extensive damage to the city, and as of February 2014, the city had an estimated population of 19,449 and a population density of 83.7 persons per km². The total area was 1,259.89 km².

Rikuzentakata is located in the far southeast corner of Iwate Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east. The city contained Lake Furukawanuma until the 2011 tsunami destroyed it. Parts of the coastal area of the city are within the borders of the Sanriku Fukkō National Park.

History
The area of present-day Rikuzentakata was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period. The area was inhabited by the Emishi people, and came under the control of the Yamato dynasty during the early Heian period. During the Sengoku period, the area was dominated by various samurai clans before coming under the control of the Date clan during the Edo period, who ruled Sendai Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The towns of Kesen and Takada were established within Kesen District on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipality system. The area was devastated by the 1896 Sanriku earthquake and the 1933 Sanriku earthquake Kesen and Takada merged with the neighboring town of Hirota and villages of Otomo, Takekoma, Yokota and Yonezaki on January 1, 1955 to form the city of Rikuzentakata.


CLICK for more photos of the destruction !

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
Rikuzentakata was reported to have been "wiped off the map" by the tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake. According to the police, every building smaller than three stories high has been completely flooded, with buildings bigger than three stories high being flooded partially, one of the buildings being the city hall, where the water also reached as high as the third floor. The Japan Self-Defense Forces initially reported that between 300 and 400 bodies were found in the town.

On 14 March, an illustrated BBC report showed a picture of the town, describing it as "almost completely flattened." "It is not clear how many survived." The town's tsunami shelters were designed for a wave of three to four metres in height, but the tsunami of March 2011 created a wave 13 metres high which inundated the designated safe locations. Local officials estimate that 20% to 40% of the town's population is dead. "Rikuzen-Takata effectively no longer exists." Although the town was well prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis and had a 6.5 meter high seawall, it was not enough and more than 80% of 8,000 houses were swept away.

A BBC film dated 20 March reported that the harbour gates of the town failed to shut as the tsunami approached, and that 45 young firemen were swept away while attempting to close them manually. The same film reported that 500 bodies had been recovered in the town, but that 10,000 people were still unaccounted-for out of a population of 26,000. As of 3 April 2011, 1,000 people from the town were confirmed dead with 1,300 still missing, In late May 2011, an Australian reporter interviewed a surviving volunteer firefighter who has said 49 firefighters were killed in Rikuzentakata by the tsunami, among 284 firefighters known to have died along the affected coast, many while closing the doors of the tsunami barriers along the seashore.

Sixty-eight city officials, about one-third of the city's municipal employees, were killed. The town's mayor, Futoshi Toba, was at his post at the city hall and survived, but his wife was killed at their seaside home. The wave severely damaged the artifact and botanical collection at the city's museum and killed the staff of six people. The final death toll was 1656 killed and 223 missing and presumed dead. Portions of the city subsided by over a meter.
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. Narita Fudo 成田不動尊 .
Temple Shinshooji 新勝寺 Shinsho-Ji

. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and talismans from Japan . 

. Japanese Temples - ABC list - .

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March 11, 2011, 14:46

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Personal encounters

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Personal encounters with Fudo 不動明王

There have been quite a few persons, famous monks, priests, politicians of the past, that had a kind of "personal encounter" with Fudo that changed their life.




source : www.naritasan.or.jp

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Asai Nagamasa 浅井長政 - 1545 - 1573)


Asakura clan 朝倉家 from Echizen 越前国
- 盛源寺 and 西山光照寺跡 with a Fudo statue of 2.6 meters
Ichijootani Asakura Clan castle remains
一乗谷朝倉氏遺跡 - at the castle there was "clear water from Fudo Myo-O" 不動清水
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Date Masamune (伊達政宗)
. Date Masamune 伊達政宗 . - (1567 – 1636)


. Dooyo Shoonin 道誉上人 Saint Doyo Shonin . - (1515 - 1574)


Kobo Daishi, Kukai 弘法大師 空海 - (774-835)
- Shingon Buddhism - Koya-san 高野山


- Kabuki and Narita San - 歌舞伎 - 成田山

Ichikawa Danjûrô 市川団十郎 Ichikawa Danjuro clan
Kabuki Actor family - stage name: Naritaya 成田屋

Ichikawa Ebizō V 市川 海老蔵 V Ichikawa Ebizo V (1791 - 1859)



Mongaku 文覚 Priest Mongaku and Fudo - 遠藤盛遠 Endo Morito - Heian period
. . . . . Mongaku and 藤ヶ滝不動尊 waterfall Endogataki



Nichiren, Saint Nichiren 日蓮 (1222 – 1282)

Ninomiya Sontoku 二宮尊徳 Kinjirō 金次郎 Ninomiya Kinjiro
(1787 – 1856)


Taira no Masakado 平将門(平將門) (903年 - 940)
Tahara 田原藤太郎秀郷 got a Fudo Statue from Takaosan Fudo Hall 高雄山神護寺不動堂 (in 939), carried it all the way to the Fudo Temple in Narita, Chiba and prayed for peace.
. kubizuka 首塚 head mounds .


. Takeda Shingen 武田信玄 . - (1521 - 1573)


Yuuten Shoonin 祐天上人 Yuten Shonin - (1637 - 1718)
Fudo Myoo Threatening the Young Priest Yuten Shami


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- Persons related to temple Narita san, Chiba -

源頼朝 (1147 - 1198) Minamoto no Yoritomo

海保甲斐守三吉 Kaiho daimyo from Kai (no dates)

徳川光圀 (1628 - 1700) Mito Mitsukuni

山内容堂 (1827 - 1872) Yamauchi Toyoshige

山岡鉄舟 (1836 - 1888) Yamaoka Tesshu

倉田百三 (1891 - 1943) Kurata Hyakuzo

- source : www.naritasan.or.jp


. Narita Fudo 成田不動尊 .
Temple Shinsho-Ji (Shinshooji) 新勝寺, Chiba

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. - Join Fudo Myo-O on facebook - Fudō Myō-ō .

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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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8/14/2014

Kosho--Ji Esashi Iwate

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Kooshooji 興性寺 Kosho-Ji

Nr. 22 愛宕山 - 興性寺 - 江刺不動尊 - Esashi Fudo
Kooshooji 興性寺 Kosho-Ji
Iwate 岩手県 - 精進の道場 - shoojin

. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
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岩手県奥州市江刺区男石1-7-2
1-7-2 Esashi ku Otokoishi, Oshu

The founder is 多門院興性 Tamon-In .
This temple has been relocated from Miyagi prefecture, Kurihara village 宮城県栗原郡  in 1622 as a family temple for the clan of the Iwayado Castle 岩谷堂城, Iwaki Uji 岩城氏.
The main gate (sanmon 山門) of the temple has been reconstructed from the gate to the Iwayado castle.

The main statues are Dainichi Nyorai 大日如来, Bishamonten 毘沙門天 and Fudo Myo-O.



- Chant of the temple
江刺なる愛宕の山の不動尊 
慈悲の法力で導き給え


Dear Fudo at Mount Atago in Esashi
lead us with your merciful spiritual power !


Atago-Yama 愛宕山 Mount Atago
Esashiku Fujisato, Oshu

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source : www.tohoku36fudo.jp

A painting of Fudo Myo-O is a national treasure.

by Kose Kanaoka, Kose no Kanaoka 巨勢金岡
(?802 - ?897),
a court painter of the Heian period.
He followed the artistic styles of the Tang dynasty of China but transformed it into the first Japanese style of paintings.
He painted portraits and landscapes, and the Kose School of Arts is named after him.



Two stamps in his honor
Left 素戔嗚尊 Susanoo - - > Right 稲田姫命 Inada Hime




Kanaoka Jinja 金岡神社
a shrine in his honor
Kita Ward, Sakai City
大阪府堺市北区金岡町2866
- Deities in residence are (beside Kanaoka himself)
底筒男命、中筒男命、表筒男命、素盞嗚尊、大山昨命.


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Esashi Town (江刺市 Esashi-shi) was a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. It is currently part of the city of Ōshū.
Esashi contains a number of artifacts pertaining to the Northern Fujiwara clan, which dominated the Tohoku region in the Heian period. The Esashi Fujiwara no Sato - Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park. - is a theme park featuring buildings such as fortifications, palace structures, and government offices, which have been recreated to the past design.
The Oshu-Fujiwara clan established the Hiraizumi community.
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- - - - - Homepage of the temple
- source : koushouj.jimdo.com





- お見舞い活動
Activities after the earthquake 2011
- source : koushouj.jimdo.com

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- - - - - Yearly Festivals 年中行事

1月1日 元朝護摩修行
1月28日 初不動護摩供養 - First ritual of Fudo

3月12日 山神社春例祭
3月彼岸入 春彼岸護摩供養

5月8日 発心式 花まつり
5月18日 春観音例大祭
5月28日 五月不動護摩供養

7月8日 入信授戒会

8月第一土曜日 盆前境内墓地一斉清掃
8月13日 万灯供養会
8月15日 鹿踊施餓鬼供養法要

9月12日 山神社秋季例大祭
9月彼岸入り 秋彼岸法要

10月1日 略儀結縁潅頂
10月18日 秋季観音例大祭

12月28日 納め不動護摩供養 - Last ritual of Fudo

* 毎月二十一日 午前六時 弘法大師朝勤行会

* 毎月二十八日 午前六時 不動尊朝勤行会 Every month on the 28th

- source : koushouj.jimdo.com

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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Introduction .
 

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and talismans from Japan . 

. Japanese Temples - ABC list - .

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. Japan - after the BIG earthquake .
March 11, 2011, 14:46

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8/12/2014

Tono Fudo Iwate

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Toono, Tōno 遠野のお不動さん - Tono no Fudo

Nr. 21 法門山 - 福泉寺 - 遠野のお不動さん - Tono no Fudo
Fukusenji 福泉寺 Fukusen-Ji
Iwate 岩手県 - 精進の道場 - shoojin

. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .
 



source : blog.goo.ne.jp/tako_888k

Tono (Toono) 遠野 is an area where old legends abound.
. Tōno monogatari 遠野物語 Legends of Tono .

. Toono Matsuri 遠野祭り Tono Festival .
Tonogo Hachimangu Shrine


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photo - wikipedia

岩手県遠野市松崎町駒木7-57
7-57 Matsuzakicho Komagi, Tono, Iwate

This is a temple of the Buzan Shingon sect 真言宗豊山派.


source : blog.goo.ne.jp/jengo2

The main statue is Kannon Bosatsu 聖観音菩薩.
Fukutoku Kannon 福徳観音像, 17 meters high and weighs 25 tons, the largest wooden statue of Kannon in Japan, made from a tree of more than 1200 years of age. The carver took more than 20 years to make it and was completed in 1963. The face is 2.4 meters high.

The temple was built in 1912 by 佐々木宥尊 Sasaki Yūtaka , its first head priest.
In the large compound is a ground for the 88 pilgrim temples of the Henro Shikoku 四国八十八箇所
and a ground for the 33 Kannon temples of Saikoku 西国三十三所.
In spring people enjoy the cherry blossoms and in autumn the red momiji leaves, so there are always many seasonal visitors.

The 多宝塔 Tahoto Pagoda was erected in 1982.
Inside are statues of the Godai Myo-O 五代尊明王 and the Shitenno 四天王.

The 五重塔 - Five-Story Pagoda was erected in 1990. It is 26 meters high. The carpenter in charge was Kikuchi Kyooji 菊池恭二 Kikuchi Kyoji san.


- Chant of the temple
もろともに まいりておがめ のりのやま
 ふくのいずみは つくることなし


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遠野不動尊 Tono Fudo Son
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- - - - - Page of the temple
- source : www.city.tono.iwate.jp





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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Introduction .
 

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. . Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 . .


. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and talismans from Japan . 

. Japanese Temples - ABC list - .

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. Japan - after the BIG earthquake .
March 11, 2011, 14:46

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