Goma Fudo Morioka

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Gooma Fudoo, Gōma Fudō 降魔不動尊 Goma Fudo
Fudo subjugating the demons

Nr. 19 宝珠盛岡山 - Goma Fudo 不動尊
Eifukuji 永福寺 Eifuku-Ji - Shingon Zen 真言宗
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 .

There are other 降魔不動 Goma Fudo (Koma Fudo, Kouma Fudo) in the temples of Japan.


2 Chome-1-1 Shimoyonai, Morioka

盛岡聖天 永福寺 Morioka Shoten Eifuku-Ji
also known as
shusse Shooten 出世聖天 Shoten for a good career

The temple was first built in 794 in Sannohe 三戸 as one of the 奥州六観音 Six Kannon Temples in the Northern Oshu province by 坂上田村麻呂 Sakanoue no Tamuramaro,

On request of Godaigo Tenno 後醍醐天皇 (1288 - 1339) had a statue of the deity 大聖歓喜天 Daisho Kangiten placed here for worship.
The statue was made by 高野大師 Takano Daishi.

In 1615 when the capital of the Nanbu domaine was located in Morioka, temple Eifuku-Ji was also re-built there as the main temple for the lord of the domain to pray on orders of 南部利直 Nanbu Toshinao. It was placed in the Northern un-auspicious kimon 鬼門 direction of the new castle to protect it from evil influence. It had become a very rich temple in the city, comprizing the
本堂歓喜院 Main Hall for Kangiten
護摩堂 Goma-Hall for fire ceremonies, six quarters for special purposes
and was thus the most important temple in Morioka 筆頭寺院.

At that time the "five important temples of Morioka" 盛岡五山 were also designated.

In the Meiji time it lost its power. Since the temple venerated a deity of esoteric Buddhism, it lost most of its buildings and its influence.

The Hall for Kangiten 歓喜院 was re-build in 1947 at its present location.

It used to be a powerful temple to worship Kangiten and had 45 statues of this deity from India. Therefore it was also called the
Shooten no gozan 聖天の御山 Sacred Temple of Shoten.


- Chant of the temple


The main statue is 大聖歓喜天尊
. Kankiten (Kangiten) 歓喜天, 聖天 Shoten - Ganesh.

At the right side of the torii gate is a Fudo to throw water on

mizukake Fudo 水掛不動尊


After worshipping at the main hall to Kangiten
pilgrims have to come here to Fudo Myo-O and his powers to subdue evil influence.
Throwing water on the statue outside is the first step.
Offering incense at the Goma Fudo statue in the next step.


- - - - - Homepage of the temple
- source : www5.ocn.ne.jp/~eifukuji


- - - - - Yearly Festivals 年中行事

一月 元旦~十六日 新年特別祈祷会

二月 一日・十五日 取子結縁感謝祭

三月 第二日曜日 光明会(土砂加持会)

五月 第二日曜日 春の大祭(百味供養)

六月 第二日曜日 報恩感謝会

八月 第二日曜日 施餓鬼会

十月 第二日曜日 秋の大祭(百味供養)

十二月 十五日・十六日 越年祭

十二月 十五日~晦日 納め参り

- source : www5.ocn.ne.jp/~eifukuji


Morioka Gozan 盛岡五山 Five Zen Temples of Morioka

Shoojuji 聖寿寺 Shoju-Ji - 盛岡市北山2丁目
founded by 三光国斎国師

大寶山東禅寺 Tozen-Ji (臨済宗)
大宝山 Toozenji 東禅寺
- source : yahoo.co.jp/syory

Kyoojooji 教浄寺 Kyojo-Ji
- source : www.kyojoji.jp

Hooonji 報恩寺 Hoon-Ji
31-5 Nasukawacho, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture
Famous for the statues of 500 Rakan 五百羅漢
- source : wikipedia

Hoosenji 法泉寺 Hosen-Ji
2 Chome-16-8 Kitayama, Morioka
- source : morioka-housenji.com


source : miracakoto/archives

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gooma-in 降魔印 - shokuchi-in 触地印 -
Also read sokuji-in ( Sk: bhusparsa-mudra). Also gouma-in 降魔印.
Earth-touchting mudra.
A type of hand gesture (Jp: *in 印, Sk: mudra) found on Buddhist images. The right hand is placed on the right knee with the palm turned down and the forefinger, pointing downward, almost touching the pedestal *daiza 台座 on which the image is sitting.
This mudra is based on the tradition that when the historical Buddha *Shaka 釈迦, meditating on the adamantine seat *kongou houza 金剛宝座, (Sk:Vajrasana) at Buddhagaya in India, was tempted by demons, he summoned the earth goddess, Sthavara, Kenroujishin 堅牢地神 by touching the earth with his right hand. With the help of the goddess, the Buddha dispersed the demons and then retained enlightenment gouma joudou 降魔成道 (goma jodo) (see *Shaka hassou 釈迦八相).

Hence this mudra is also called goma-in (mudra for subjugating demons).
As a symbol of the Buddha's subjugation of evil and his enlightenment, the shokuchi-in was often used in Indian Buddhist images of Shaka.

After the establishment of Esoteric Buddhism mikkyou 密教 it became the mudra for the Buddha *Ashuku 阿しゅく. In Esoteric teachings, Ashuku is considered to be the head bushu 部主 (Sk: kulesa) of the kongoubu 金剛部 (Sk: Vajrakula ; Adamantine Family) of deities who subjugate enemies of Buddhism.
Although Shaka images with the shokuchi-in are found in Asia, including the principal image *honzon 本尊 attended by the sixteen arhats *juuroku rakan 十六羅漢 at Sokkulam (Jp: Sekkutsuan 石窟庵) in Kyongju 慶州, Korea (751), very few examples have been found in Japan. The few extant examples seem to have been introduced from abroad, such as Buddha statues imported from Ming and Qing China. Other gilt-bronze images influenced by Tibetan Buddhism were brought to Japan from Manchuria and Inner Mongolia before World War II.

In Japan, the shokuchi-in is known as the mudra of Esoteric Buddhas, such as Ashuku in the Kongoukai 金剛界 (see *Kongoukai mandara 金剛界曼荼羅) and Tenkuraion 天鼓雷音 in the Taizoukai 胎蔵界 (see *Taizoukai mandara 胎蔵界曼荼羅). The earliest example of Ashuku with shokuchi-in was the principal of the Koudou 講堂 (presently Kondou 金堂) on Mt. Kouya 高野 (Koya-san), a temple which was founded by *Kuukai 空海(774-835), but this was lost when the building was burnt down in 1926. Having been kept as a secret Buddha *hibutsu 秘仏, no photograph was taken, and so there is no way of verifying whether or not it was the original image.
- source : JAANUS


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- source : ameblo.jp/iyasino-oto


. Sakanoue no Tamuramaro 坂上田村麻呂 .
(758 - 811)

Sitting cross-legged in meditation
gooma za 降魔坐 - the left leg is uppermost
kichijoo za 吉祥坐 - the right leg is uppermost

. Statues with seated Buddhas (zazoo 座像) .

gooma no ken 降魔の剣 goma sword of Fudo Myo-O
sword for subjugating the demons
. Happuu Fudo Son 八風吹不動 .

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


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

. Japanese Temples - ABC list - .


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


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