Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Belfry, Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Belfry at the Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Japan. The bell was rung to tell the time in the morning, afternoon and evening in the past. Now it is rung to start the time for worship.

Daisho-in Temple is an ancient one of the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism built at the foot of the sacred Mtount 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.

Daisho-in features a variety of buildings, statues and other religious objects for visitors to admire. These include the Kannon-do Hall, the Maniden Hall, a sand mandala made by visiting monks from Tibet, a tea room and a cave filled with 88 icons representing the temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Prayer, Mani, Wheels, Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Mani Wheel. Spinning the wheel is believed to invite blessings equivalent to reading one volume of the Hannya-shinkyo, or Heart Sutra.

1000 Fudo Images, Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

1000 Fudo Images. Commemorating the succession of the current (77th) head priest, one thousand Fudo myo-o, or Immovable King, images were donated by worshippers. The Goma Ritual of burning wooden sticks on which prayers are inscribed is held at ten o’clock every morning.

Sand Mandala Inside the Hondo, Main Hall, Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Sand Mandala. A gigantic mandala using colored sand depicts the divine figure of Kannon Bosatsu, the symbol of mercy. The mandala was made by Buddhist priests from Tibet.

Reclining Buddha, Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Shaka Nehan Hall. The image shows Shaka Nyorai, or Shaka Buddha, entering Nirvana surrounded by his sixteen disciples.

Golden Roof Decoration and Maple Trees, Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Golden Roof Decoration and Maple Trees.

Woman Cleanse Her Hands at a Purification Fountain, Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Woman Cleanse Her Hands at a Purification Fountain.

Golden Ladles at a Purification Fountain, Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Golden Ladles at a Purification Fountain.

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  • Nancy - February 6, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    I lived here in a past life.

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