5/28/2008

Chisho Daishi

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Chisho Daishi (Chishoo Daishi)
智證大師 (ちしょうだいし)


Enchin 圓珍 - 円珍, known as Okotsu Daishi
(814 - 891)

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Temple Konzo -ji 金倉寺 is the 76th Sacred Temple of Shikoku, where Chisho was born, a nephew of Kobo Daishi. At 39, he traveled to China to learn more about Esoteric Buddhism, in the footsteps of Kukai, Saicho and Dengyo Daishi. He returned five years later with numerous volumes of scriptures. At age 54, he became the 5th abbot (Zasu) of temple Enryaku-ji at Hieizan, the headquarters of the Tendai sect.

He died on October 29, 891.


Reference about Chisho Daishi

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Here are two illustrations from the illustrated cards for a performance about the life of this priest.

Here is the story abbreviated:

As a boy, his name was Hiro 広雄. He was intelligent and studious and all called him "Wisdom Child" 智慧童子. At age 15, after reading most of the Chinese classics and treatiese, he decided to become a priest.
He went to Mount Hiezan to study and took the name of Enchin 圓珍.
He dilligently studied the scriptures for many years.

One day when he was performing his duties, the Buddhist Deities rewarded his work and he saw a Golden Fudo Myo-O emerge from the flames of his fire altar.




Fudo Myo-O appearing in the Flames talked to him:

"I have seen you study so dilligently, I am deeply impressed with your ambitions.
I am sure you will carry on your ascetic practices dilligently. Think of the difficulties in your mind morning and evening and carry sacred water for me."





Enchin folded his hands in great respect and prayed:

Praise to the Golden Fudo !
Namu Konjiki Fudo Myo-O 南無金色不動明王


The story then continues with the life of Enchin and his travel to China, look at the illustrations here:
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Transporting the scriptures in China

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. Seikooji 達谷西光寺 Takkoku Seijo-Ji . Hiraizumi, Iwate
with his statue of Bishamonten 毘沙門天

Temple Negoro-Ji Kannon Statue carved by Chisho

Red Fudo at Myo-O-In, Mt. Koya Painted by Chisho

Yellow Fudo / Painting by Chisho

Career Fudo, Shusse Fudo 出世不動 At Fukagawa, Tokyo

Enchin and the "Clear Water Temple" Kiyomizudera, Kyoto

Temple Mii-Dera 三井寺

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. Fudō Myō-ō, Fudoo Myoo-Oo 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja - Fudo Myoo .



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5 comments:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Konjiki Golden Fudo 金色不動明王
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Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

founder of
達谷西光寺 - 姫待不動尊 Himemachi Fuko
Seikooji 達谷西光寺 Takkoku Seijo-Ji

Himemachi Fudo 姫待不動尊

Hiraizumi Iwate

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Shoogo-In 聖護院門跡 
Shogo-In Monzeki - Imperial temple

15 Shogoin Nakamachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
京都市左京区聖護院中町15番地

Founded by Enchin

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Founder of
玉嶹山 ・王寿山 總願寺 Sogan-Ji 不動院 Fudo-In 不動ヶ岡不動尊 Fudo-ga-oka Fudo Son

Saitama
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Gabi Greve said...

Mii Temple 三井寺  Miidera, Mii-dera
園城寺 Onjo-ji Temple

Fudo Myo-O statue
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Chisho decided during his 22 year long religious training at Mount Hiei (Kagoyama Shugyo), to devote his life to Fudo Myoo (the “Unmovable King of Wisdom”, Buddhist deity). Still today, an image of Fudo Myoo (national treasure, normally withheld from the public) is enshrined in the Mii-dera temple.
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http://darumamuseumgallery.blogspot.jp/2007/06/mii-temple.html
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