Temple 83: Ichinomiya

Name: Ichinomiya

Some Information: This is a rebuilt temple (1701), but was originally made in 704. A smaller temple and in an area that is rather arid and dry. This temple houses the “Medicine Buddha” where pilgrims can come for healing. This is also a place to be cured of bad luck, and to cleanse your karma.

 

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I love how the light shines on the water here.
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Walking to the inner courtyard.
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The shrine of Yakushi Nyorai. You can put your head in, but if your heart is bad you can’t pull it out. You’ve been warned…

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Some explanations about Yakushi Nyorai.

Some information about the “medicine Buddha” (Yakushi) can be found, but it is difficult to really pull all the information together. With roots and exploration of the Buddha across so many cultures and languages, there will be variation.

In my own very amateur research I pulled up the 12 vows of the Medicine Buddha, identified in the Medicine Buddha Sutra:

  1. To illuminate with radiance and to enable anyone to become the Buddha as well.
  2. To awaken sentient beings through his light.
  3. To provide others with material things they need.
  4. To correct wrongful teachings, and inspire others to a more correct path.
  5. To help others follow moral teachings, even if they fail.
  6. To heal others who suffer from deformities, or other physical ailments.
  7. To give relief to the poor and sick.
  8. To help women become reborn as men if they so wish it.
  9. To help heal mental illness and delusion.
  10. To help those who suffer under oppression.
  11. To relieve hunger and thirst.
  12. To provide clothing to the poor and the cold.
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Peaceful.
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We came here on a chilly morning.
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The lotus sutra.

 

 

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The bell tower.
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Go ahead. You can ring it.
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Fudou Myou

 

Distance to Temple 84: Yashimaji is 13.6 km.