Sunday, July 22, 2012

Arigato, Japonia! 42. Templul Adashino Nenbutsu, Arashiyama / Arigato, Japan! 42. Adashino Nenbutsu-ji in Arashiyama

One of the most interesting temple in Agashiyama was for me Adashino Nenbutsu-ji. You climb on a little street with traditional houses and many shops, selling souvenirs. One of them is the Dharma doll, inspired by the founder of the Zen, the monk Bodhidarma. It is a talisman bringing good luck. Originally, it was painted in red, color inspired by the robes of the high rank priests.

It is said that in this place were discarded all the unknown deads. During 810-824, the priest Kukai put a stone image of Buddha for every soul. There are over 8000 stones! Now most of them are covered by moss. On 811 Kukai established the first temple, belonging to Shingon sect, and an image of Gochi Nyorai (Buddha of the Five Wisdoms) was put inside. On 1712 the temple was reconstructed and then another image was added, that of Amithabha Tathagata. The temple now belongs to Pure Land sect of Buddhism.

Sento Kuyo Festival, held yearly on August, 23-24 brings here the believers who lit a candle to every statue. It's something similar with what is our European celebration at November, 1, only this is addressed to unknown souls.

Somehow, this place remained in my mind with its mute rows of the souls' army.

Unul dintre cele mai interesante temple mi s-a parut a fi Adashino Nenbutsu-ji, la care am ajuns urcand o straduta in panta, marginita de case traditionale cu o multime de pravalioare, asezate in calea turistilor.
Papusa Dharma, inspirata de fondatorul Zen budhismului, Bodhidarma. Este un talisman care aduce noroc. Original, papusile erau rosii, culoare inspirata de robele preotilor cu rang inalt

Sus, la capatul strazii, doua imagini in piatra ale lui Buddha si cateva trepte marcheaza intrarea in templu. Imediat, privirea se opreste pe cele peste 8000 de statui din piatra, reprezentand sufletele celor morti, intr-un nu mare dar dens cimitir! Se spune ca aici erau aruncati mortii necunoscuti. Si se mai spune ca marele preot Kukai ar fi pus aici, intre 810-824, cate o statuie pentru fiecare. El a infiintat si un templu al sectei Shingon (811), unde a plasat statuia Gochi Nyorai sau Buddha Celor Cinci Intelepciuni. Acel templu este baza celui de astazi, apartinand sectei Pure Land (Tara Pura) a budhismului.
spre intrarea la templu
altarul principal
Amithabha Tathagata
Templul a fost reconstruit in 1712, ocazie cu care a fost pusa in altarul principal statuia lui Amithabha Tathagata. In fiecare an, in zilele de 23-24 august, are loc aici Festivalul Sento Kuyo (adica sarbatoarea celor 10000 de lumini), cand la fiecare statuie se aprinde o lumanare. Ceva asemanator cu Ziua mortilor la noi (1 noiembrie), doar ca aici ofranda de lumina se aduce celor necunoscuti. Stiti ca si la noi, exista in cimitir un loc unde poti pune o lumanare pentru cei care nu mai au pe nimeni in viata, sa le lumineze drumul? Sau ca se obisnuieste sa se puna o lumanare pe mormintele abandonate?

Templul, in sine, este foarte mic dar are o curte minunata, invadata de flori de cires. Muntele din fundal, face ca si toamna locul sa fie apreciat de turisti, fiindca atunci se aprind culorile frunzelor. Prin ineditul sau, locul acesta mi-a ramas in minte, cu sirurile mute ale armatei de suflete.

8 comments:

cartim said...

Ce frumos trebuie sa arate cand lumanarile sunt aprinse.

Nu stiam de obicei dar de regila cand merg la ai mei pe 1 Noiembrie am acest obicei de a aprinde o lumanare la un mormant la care nu vad nimic aprins.Cred ca mi se trage acest obicei de pe vremea cand eram copil si mergeam la cimitirul parohial din Frayttelia si aprindeam cate o lumanare la mormintele soldatilor nemti cazuti in razboi. Tin minte ca erau niste morminte mici cu cruci din lemn , pe unele scria "Hans:" sau alt nume , altele erau goale....

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc pentru comentariu, cartim!

Kumiko said...

I love these photos!

I've never been to Adashino yet,but thanks to your photos,I want to visit there some day.

Traveling Hawk said...

You should go, Kumiko! The little street is also lovely. I think in autumn is also very nice there.

Rizalenio said...

My first time to see these armies of sculptures. Jawdropping.

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, Rizalenio! It's an amazing view.

Helma said...

I also see many small shops and souvenirs. What is that picture 6? Is that someone's hair? These stones of the unknown dead have deep impression on me. I have the pictures job even a few times to look back.

Traveling Hawk said...

In the 6th photo, Helma, it ia a so-called Dharma doll. These are sold as souvenirs, to bring luck. They are named after the founder of Zen Buddhism, who is the Indian monk Bodhidarma. These dolls are usually red, as the robes of the high rank priests.