At the beginning it was a villa which a noble donated to a priest. He turned it into a temple, which was called Zenrin-ji, meaning The Temple of the Zen Forest and it was dedicated to help the poors.
During the XIth. century a priest named Eikan became more and more known due to his dedication and kindness. The name of the temple changed into Eikan-do, meaning The Eikan's Hall. In 1225 this temple belonged to the Jodo Seizan sect of Budhism, which cherishes the reciting of Budha's Amida Nembutsu prayer. It is said that Eikan recited it 60000 times a day!
The temple is well known for the Budha Amida statue looking back and for the autumn colors of the leaves. Then the grounds are full with people. Unfortunately I can't show you either of these characteristics: the staue is in the hondo, the main hall, were photographing is always prohibited in Japanese temples, and...it is spring! But there are some fantastic cherries here...
As there is not "the right" time, there are few visitors, so I can walk and admire at large. I stop a little to admire a small but exquisite garden, which I have only for me! It is quiet, sunny and - suddently - the chanting of the monks, coming from a hall, raised to the sky...It was a magic moment.
In front of the Karamon, the gate used by the imperial messengers, a little karesansui garden attracted my attention.
It's time now to climb the wooden corridor, Garyu-ro, to the Taho-to Pagoda where you have the city at your feet! A nice panorama of Kyoto. Unfortunately the sun was in my face, so the photos are not great.
Leaving the temple, I stopped once again to the cherry-trees, as being my first day in Kyoto, I had not enough of them:)
La inceputurile sale, in perioada Heian (710-1185), un nobil din partea locului a donat unui preot o vila, pe care acesta a transformat-o intr-un templu, numit Zenrin-ji, adica Templul padurii Zen, apartinand sectei Shingon a budhismului ezoteric. In secolul al XI-lea, un preot al templului, Eikan, devine cunoscut datorita bunatatii sale si ajutorului constant oferit oamenilor saraci si napastuiti. Templului incepe sa i se spuna Eikan-do, adica Sala lui Eikan sau Vederea Salii Eternitatii. Acesta este acum un templu care apartine, din 1225, sectei Jodo Seizan, una dintre numeroasele secte ale budhismului, care are in centrul invataturii sale recitarea rugaciunii lui Budha Amida, Nembutsu. Se spune ca Eikan recita Nembutsu de 60000 de ori pe zi!
Templul Eikan-do este cunoscut in intreaga Japonie pentru doua lucruri: statuia lui Budha Amida, care priveste peste umar, spre spate si coloritul de toamna al frunzelor de aici, care determina un adevarat exod. Din pacate, nu va pot arata nici una, nici alta. Statuia se afla in hondo, sala principala, unde in nici un templu japonez nu este permis sa faci fotografii, iar anotimpul este evident, primavara...Asta nu inseamna insa ca nu ma intampina, de la intrare, niste ciresi fantastici.
poarta principala de intrare
templul este asezat pe pantele Muntelui Higashiyama
poduri acoperite din lemn, care unesc intre ele diverse cladiri