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    A statue of Hotei-son (布袋尊) in the precincts of the Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺), in Kyoto. Hotei-son is the fat and happy god of abundance and good health, guardian of children, and patron of bartenders. Hotei-son has a cheerful face and a big belly and is supposedly based on an actual person. He carries a large cloth bag over his back, one that never empties, for he uses it to feed the poor and needy.

    A statue of Hotei-son (布袋尊) in the precincts of the Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺), in Kyoto. Hotei-son is the fat and happy god of abundance and good health, guardian of children, and patron of bartenders. Hotei-son has a cheerful face and a big belly and is supposedly based on an actual person. He carries a large cloth bag over his back, one that never empties, for he uses it to feed the poor and needy.

    — 9 hours ago with 7 notes
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Hotei-son  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺  #布袋尊 
    Lucky charms for sale with the image of Okame sama (おかめ) at the office of the Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺), in Kyoto.

    Lucky charms for sale with the image of Okame sama (おかめ) at the office of the Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺), in Kyoto.

    — 23 hours ago with 4 notes
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺 
    Senbon Shaka-dō, The Oldest Buddhist Hall in Kyoto!

    Senbon Shaka-dō, The Oldest Buddhist Hall in Kyoto!

    A mask with the image of Okame sama (おかめ) in the Shaka-dō (釈迦堂) Hall of Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kyoto.

    A mask with the image of Okame sama (おかめ) in the Shaka-dō (釈迦堂) Hall of Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kyoto.

    Senbon Shaka-dō:

    A few days ago I visited the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple or Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kamigyo-ku ward of Kyoto. In my previous post the Reihōkan (霊宝殿) or treasure house was the focus. If you did not have a chance to take a look at the many artefacts and descriptions, you can do…

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    — 23 hours ago with 1 note
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺 
    A mask with the image of Okame sama (おかめ) in the Shaka-dō (釈迦堂) Hall of Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kyoto.

    A mask with the image of Okame sama (おかめ) in the Shaka-dō (釈迦堂) Hall of Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kyoto.

    — 1 day ago
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Okame  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #おかめ  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺 

    A Peek into Hell at the Chinko-ji Temple, in Kyoto.

    This hall in the precincts of the Chinko-ji Temple or Rokudo-san, as this temple is more commonly known, holds a statue of Enma (閻魔 or Yama, the ruler of the underworld in Buddhist mythology) and a statue of Ono no Takamura (小野 篁), who served the Emperor in the daytime and Enma (閻魔) (Yama, the ruler of the underworld in Buddhist mythology) at night.

    — 1 day ago with 3 notes
    #Chinko-ji  #Enma  #Ono no Takamura  #Rokudo-san  #六道珍皇寺  #小野 篁  #閻魔 
    Buddhist Artefacts at the Senbon Shaka-dō in Kyoto.

    Buddhist Artefacts at the Senbon Shaka-dō in Kyoto.

    From L-R are: Shō Kannon (聖観音),Senju Kannon (千手觀音),Batō Kannon (馬頭観音),Jūichimen Kannon (十一面観音),Juntei Butsumo Kannon (准胝仏母),Nyoirin Kannon (如意輪観音).

    From L-R are: Shō Kannon (聖観音),Senju Kannon (千手觀音),Batō Kannon (馬頭観音),Jūichimen Kannon (十一面観音),Juntei Butsumo Kannon (准胝仏母),Nyoirin Kannon (如意輪観音).

    Senbon Shaka-dō Temple:

    A few days ago, I visited the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) or Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kamigyo-ku ward of Kyoto. The Senbon Shaka-dō Temple was founded in 1227 and the main hall is the oldest structure in Kyoto.

    Reihōkan…

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    — 5 days ago with 3 notes
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺 
    The main entrance to Marishisonten-dō (摩利支尊天堂) in the Geisha District of Kyoto! This is a sub-temple of Kennin-ji (建仁寺).

    The main entrance to Marishisonten-dō (摩利支尊天堂) in the Geisha District of Kyoto! This is a sub-temple of Kennin-ji (建仁寺).

    — 5 days ago with 20 notes
    #Kyoto  #Marishisonten-dō  #Zenkyoan  #boar  #inoshishi  #摩利支尊天堂  #  #禅居庵 
    This is the Chokushimon (勅使門) gate, all the way at the far-end of the Kennin-ji temple grounds.

    This is the Chokushimon (勅使門) gate, all the way at the far-end of the Kennin-ji temple grounds.

    — 6 days ago with 14 notes
    #Chokushimon  #Kennin-ji  #Kyoto  #Yousai  #Zen  #勅使門  #建仁寺  #栄西 
    Wooden statue of Fu Daishi (傅大士) and his two sons at the Reihōkan treasure house of the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) in Kyoto. Fudaishi 傅大士 (c.490—c. 560) was a Chinese Buddhist monk who was later deified as the Japanese patron deity of libraries. He is traditionally accredited with the invention of the rinzō (輪蔵), a system of revolving sutra shelving used in Kyōzō libraries. He is featured here alongside his sons, Fuwaku and Fukon.

    Wooden statue of Fu Daishi (傅大士) and his two sons at the Reihōkan treasure house of the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) in Kyoto. Fudaishi 傅大士 (c.490—c. 560) was a Chinese Buddhist monk who was later deified as the Japanese patron deity of libraries. He is traditionally accredited with the invention of the rinzō (輪蔵), a system of revolving sutra shelving used in Kyōzō libraries. He is featured here alongside his sons, Fuwaku and Fukon.

    — 1 week ago with 4 notes
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Fu Daishi  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #Smiling Buddha  #傅大士  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺  #笑い仏 
    Buddhist statue at the Reihōkan treasure house of the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) in Kyoto.

    Buddhist statue at the Reihōkan treasure house of the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) in Kyoto.

    — 1 week ago with 4 notes
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺 
    Senjū Kannon (千手観音) or Kannon of a thousand arms at the Reihōkan treasure house of the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) in Kyoto. This goddess of “a thousand arms” is a deity who helps through her compassion, ”she hears the cries of the world” and is the goddess of mercy.

    Senjū Kannon (千手観音) or Kannon of a thousand arms at the Reihōkan treasure house of the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) in Kyoto. This goddess of “a thousand arms” is a deity who helps through her compassion, ”she hears the cries of the world” and is the goddess of mercy.

    — 1 week ago with 14 notes
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #Senjū Kannon  #千手観音  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺 
    Dainichi Nyorai zazō (大日如来坐像) in the Reihōkan treasure house of the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) in Kyoto.

    Dainichi Nyorai zazō (大日如来坐像) in the Reihōkan treasure house of the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) in Kyoto.

    — 1 week ago with 2 notes
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Dainichi Nyorai zazō  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺  #大日如来坐像 
    Side view of the drum stands and leaning against the wall are two large wheels. They where on the carriage that Ashikaga Yoshimitsu used during his shogunate. Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (足利 義満) was the 3rd shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who ruled from 1368 to 1394 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshimitsu was the son of the second shogun Ashikaga Yoshiakira.

    Side view of the drum stands and leaning against the wall are two large wheels. They where on the carriage that Ashikaga Yoshimitsu used during his shogunate. Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (足利 義満) was the 3rd shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who ruled from 1368 to 1394 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshimitsu was the son of the second shogun Ashikaga Yoshiakira.

    — 1 week ago with 3 notes
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺 
    This huge wooden stands, with carvings of peacocks and dragon figures, are drum stands dating back to the Heian period (798-1185) and are National treasures. You’ll find them right at the entrance to the Reihōkan treasure house on your right.

    This huge wooden stands, with carvings of peacocks and dragon figures, are drum stands dating back to the Heian period (798-1185) and are National treasures. You’ll find them right at the entrance to the Reihōkan treasure house on your right.

    — 1 week ago with 1 note
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺 
    This huge wooden stands, with carvings of peacocks and dragon figures, are drum stands dating back to the Heian period (798-1185) and are National treasures. You’ll find them right at the entrance to the Reihōkan treasure house on your right.

    This huge wooden stands, with carvings of peacocks and dragon figures, are drum stands dating back to the Heian period (798-1185) and are National treasures. You’ll find them right at the entrance to the Reihōkan treasure house on your right.

    — 1 week ago with 1 note
    #Daihōon-ji Temple  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Senbon Shaka-dō Temple  #千本釈迦堂  #大報恩寺