Saturday, March 14, 2009

Myriad Yakushi

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Yakushi Nyorai is the Japanese name for the Buddha of Medicine & Healing.

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These statues, about 25cms tall, are at the Ichibata Yakushi Temple between lake Shinji and the Japan Sea coast up in Izumo.

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Ichibata Yakushi is primarily known as a temple to pray at for eye problems.

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Originally of the Tendai sect, it is known as a Rinzai temple, but actually it is the head of its own "religious corporation", with 31 temples nationwide.

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Not sure exactly how many little statues there are, but it runs into the many thousands.

4 comments:

  1. These photos are gorgeous! As always though.

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  2. The last picture sort of looks like one of those color blind eye test charts so I can see where the eye problem thing comes from.

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  3. Amazing pictures. I think this is one of the very best sites on the internet. You manage to explain things without sounding like a tour guide or a professor giving a lecture, and your pictures are incredible. I love photography and only hope someday to take pictures which are as good as yours.

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