Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Mount Koya - The Sacred Land Of Japanese Buddhism
Mount Koya, located in Wakayama Prefecture, is the sacred land of Japanese Buddhism. This site is the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, and has a history dating back 1200 years.
Written by Yumiko Delor
Mount Koya - The Heart of Japanese Shingon Buddhism
Mount Koya, located in Wakayama prefecture, is the sacred land of Japanese Buddhism, and the center (sohonzan, *1) of Shingon Buddhism. The official title of this site is "Sohonzan Kongobuji". The title refers to Mount Koya as a whole, which consists of 117 tatchu (*2) temples.
Shingon Buddhism is a sect that endeavors to reveal the truth which lies beyond the language that we speak. Kobo Daishi, who studied Buddhism in China, founded a temple in Mount Koya to teach his philosophy. He is considered to be still going through a Buddhism training called nyujo (*3).
*1 Sohonzan: center of operations.
*2 Tatchu: a smaller temple attached to the main temple.
*3 Nyujo: one of the extreme training practices in Shingon Buddhism. Mummification caused by extreme fasting, this state is considered to be eternal life, rather than death.