Re: [DharmaBudista] Visiting Koyasan: There are 18 temples located in South America.
- Westerly view from the front of the Kondo (Golden Hall), Koyasan,
Japan. The tower to the left is the Six-Sided Sutra Repository.
The main headquarters of Koyasan Shingon-shu is located at Koyasan
(Mount Koya) in Wakayama prefecture, Japan on a mountain that is 900
meters (2500 feet) high. The mountain is called the "Eight Petalled
Peak" as well as our "Parent Mountain." In an environment filled with
spiritual feeling, the main pagoda towers among the great cryptomeria
and cypress trees. This is a sacred place unparalleled in the world,
and is filled with the power and grace of Kobo Daishi whom we look
upon as the founder of our religion. Kongobu-ji, the name of the main
headquaters temple, was given by Kobo Daishi as the general name for
the mountain temple. The three characters for "Kon-go-bu" (Vajra
Peak) are taken from the title of the Kongoburokakuyugi- kyo,
the "Sutra of the Spiritual Practitioners of the Tower on Vajra
Peak," to form the name of the temple. The peak is the "Eight
Petalled Peak," and it is a place for engaging in the practices
explained in the Kongocho-kyo, a basic scripture for Shingon
Buddhism. Kobo Daishi also had the idea of establishing on this
mountain the pure land described in this sutra. It was from this idea
that Koyasan became the basic place of practice for Shingon Esoteric
Buddhism and it has continued to this day for the sake of spreading
the faith that forms the foundation on which the hearts and minds of
people may rely.
http://www.koyasan. org/visit. html
There are 18 temples located in South America. For more information
on their locations please contact:
Temple Budista Koyasan Shingonshu da America do Sul
Divisao Brasil Rua Coronel Joad de Oliveira Melo 741
Vila Antonieta, Sao Paulo, Brasil 03474
H O M E
http://www.koyasan. org/index. html
Please send your comments and questions to: Rev. Eijun Bill Eidson
mailto: beidson@shingon. org
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