Japan49 Miyajima6 Daishoin Temple1

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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION HERE: http://www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda/japan49-miyajima6 Thank you! Itsukushima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. It is popularly known as Miyajima, which in Japanese means the Shrine Island. Although Daishoin is not as well known as Itsukushima Shrine, it has many features that are well worth seeing. It is located at the foot of the thickly forested Misen, and is one of the most famous temples in Miyajima

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JAPAN Miyajima Short but sweet touching trip 6

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Miyajima Island (official known as Itsukushima Island) floats like a diamond in the Inland Sea of Japan. From ancient times, people have sensed the spiritual sanctity of Miyajima, and have revered and worshipped the island itself as goddesses.

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Daishoin Temple is an ancient Shingon Buddhist temple built at the foot of the sacred Mt Misen. During the time of fusion period of Shintoism and Buddhism, this distinguished temple governed all priests in Miyajima and was in charge of religious ceremonies of Itsukushima Shrine. Including Mt. Misen, Daishō-in is within the World Heritage Area of Itsukushima Shrine

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Hōchōzuka Monument A ceremony to give thanks to old kitchen knives that are no longer usable is held before this monument on March 8th

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Daishoin Temple Niomon Gate, serves as the official gate away into the temple. A pair of guardian king statues stand by the gate

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Niō are two wrath-filled and muscular guardians of the Buddha standing today at the entrance of many Buddhist temples. They are dharmapala manifestations of the bodhisattva Vajrapāṇi, the oldest and most powerful of the Buddhist pantheon.

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In Japan, there is a traditional Buddhist flag (goshikimaku) which has different colors than the Buddhist flag  designed in the late 19th century to symbolise and universally represent Buddhism but is sometimes merged with the design of the international flag to represent international cooperation. The five colors of the Japanese Buddhist flag represent the Five Wisdom Buddhas, or alternately the colors of the Buddha's hair

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There are prayer wheels on the railings of the steps leading from Daisho-in’s Niomon Gate to Onarimon Gate

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The six hundred volumes of Dai-hannyakyo Scripture were introduced from India by a Chinese monk named Sanzo It is believed that touching these sutras will bring you enormous fortune

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Dai-hannyakyo Sutra

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Dai-hannyakyo Scripture

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500 Rakan statues

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Lining the steps to the temple are the statues of five hundred of Shaka Nyorai’s disciples . These images all have unique facial expressions

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In some cases, Jizo images are wearing red bibs and caps like babies. Parents who have lost their children take good care of Jizo images, as though they were their lost children

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Bonshō (Buddhist bells), also known as tsurigane or ōgane are large bells found in Buddhist temples, used to summon the monks to prayer and to demarcate periods of time. Rather than containing a clapper, bonshō are struck from the outside, using either a handheld mallet or a beam suspended on ropes

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Pilgrim Etiquette At some of the temples there is large bell that can be rung to announce your arrival and also as a sound-prayer offering. First, put an offering (fifty to a hundred yen is appropriate) into the box, then ring the bell once only. To strike the bell, take up the rope and swing the pole back and forth a couple of times without hitting the bell - this builds up momentum for a good sound when the bell is struck. On the third swing strike the bell and then hold back the pole to prevent it from swinging in again. If you have companions who also want to ring the bell, wait until the bell stops vibrating before striking it again. Only ring the bell once on arrival, do not ring the bell on leaving the temple

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Bonshō (Buddhist bell)

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Onarimon-gate, Daisho-in temple, Miyajima

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The Image of Kannon Bosatsu or Deity of Mercy

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Jizō is a Bodhisattva (Bosatsu), one who achieves enlightenment but postpones Buddha hood until all can be saved

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One of the most beloved of all Japanese divinities, Jizō works to ease the suffering and shorten the sentence of those serving time in hell

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In modern Japan, Jizō is a savior par excellence, a friend to all, never frightening even to children, and his/her many manifestations -- often cute and cartoon-like in contemporary times -- incorporate Taoist, Buddhist, and Shintō  elements

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The 500 Disciples of the Buddha with their various expressions are everywhere on the temple grounds

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Daishoin Temple’s green, plant-filled precincts command a fine view and are very photogenic with its many decorated Buddhist statues

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Kannon-do Hall, Daisho-in temple, Miyajima

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Temple's roof detail

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Chokugan -do Hall, Daisho -in temple, where Namikiri Fudomyoo is enshrined and where Hideyoshi Toyotomi prayed for absolute victory during the Imjin War

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Chokugan-do Hall, Daisho-in temple, Miyajima

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Fudo Miyo-o, or Immovable King, is an incarnated figure of Dainichi Nyorai , or Cosmic Buddha. The image is characterized by the fierce face to show his determination to destroy evil. Toyotomi Hideyoshi , one of three great unifiers of Japan in the 16th century prayed to this image for safety at sea and victory in battle

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Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foi ş oreanu Nicoleta Leu Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foi ş oreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda Sound : Japan Buddhism Music 2016

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