Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Enryaku-ji Temple - Daikodo (Important Cultural Asset)

The Daikodo, constructed by Gishin, the first head priest of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, is used by the Buddhist priests to have debates to deepen their studies. The so called "Hokkedaie kogakuryugi" started by Jie Daishi, continues to be an important ceremony held every four years in this hall for those trainee monks stepping into the position of full fledge Tendai priests. The current building, relocated and reconstructed from the piedmont district called Sakamoto after the old building was destroyed by fire in 1956, enshrines the revered statues of the founders of Buddhist sects, who devoted themselves to their studies for many years in mount Hiei.

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