Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Mount Koya - The Sacred Land Of Japanese Buddhism
Written by Yumiko Delor
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.
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.