奈良大和四寺巡礼

奈良大和四寺巡礼

安倍文殊院
Abe-Monjuin TempleAbe, the Buddha of Wisdom

Abe-Monjyuin Temple, founded in 645, is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan. It is highly respected as a special head temple of the Todaiji branch of the Kegon sect. Since its beginning, Abe-Monjyuin Temple has engaged in Kito (prayers and practices) to grant believers for wisdom and good fortune with the divine power of Buddhas. The Monjyu Bosatsu or the Buddha of Wisdom enshrined in the main hall was created by Kaikei who was one of Japan’s main sculptors in the 13th century and is designated as a national treasure.
The Monjyu Bosatsu is represented riding a lion and holding a raised sword in his right hand, symbolizing the cutting away of ignorance.
The temple also houses a variety of treasures accumulated for more than 1300 years.

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