2010年08月08日

The 'Kencho-ji' temple in Kamakura is dedicated to 'Jizo-bosatsu' the Guardian Deity of Travelers and Children, unlike many other temples whose principal image on a Buddhist altar is 'Shaka-nyorai' the Incarnation of Truth.

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As it can be easily understood once you visit, the 'Kencho-ji' temple is standing beyond a hill away from the heart of Kamakura, where used be a point of strategic importance. Before the temple was established here in the 13th century, there was a place of execution
called 'Jigoku-dani' literally Hell valley, where a small temple whose principal image on a Buddhist altar was 'Jizo-bosatsu' stood in a lonely manner. In those days, 'Jizo-bosatsu' was regarded as the deity to determine the future of the departed if they could go to Heaven or were obliged to be cast into Hell. In general, a principal image of a prestigious temple is 'Shaka-nyorai' in most cases, however this temple is dedicated to 'Jizo-bosatsu' backed by this historical context.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:50 | Kamakura | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする