5/28/2008

Naki Fudo

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Fudo Myo-O Gallery

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Naki Fudo 泣き不動 / 泣不動 Weeping Fudo



Temple Shojo Ke In (Shoojooke-in, Shojokein)
清浄華院 (しょうじょうけいん) Shojoke-In
京都府京都市上京区寺町通広小路上る北之辺町395
Hirokoji noboru, Teramachi - Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto

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This historically prestigious temple has had an intimate relationship with the Imperial family, and was the location of many Imperial ceremonies. The temple was originally located inside of Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Residence) and was used as an arena for Imperial prayer. Many of the chief priests were originally Imperial family members.

Honen Shonin first appointed this temple to be a Jodo Shu temple during the era of Emperor Takakura. It was later moved to its current location during the mid-16th century (Tensho era), by the ruler of the country at that time, Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

The temple is home to many cultural assets, such as the famous Miedo which houses a wooden statue of Honen Shonin, as well many other old, carefully maintained buildings.
A portrait of Amida Buddha is considered to be a national cultural asset.
- source : www.jodo.org/about_js





Joozan Fudoo Koo 浄山不動講 Jozan Fudo Group
- Homepage of the temple, with many Fudo items for sale
- - - - - 泣不動尊 naki fudo son
身代わり不動お守り - migawari omamori
命替泣不動尊御影 - inochi kae naki Fudo
身代泣不動尊のぼり旗 - nobori prayer flag
浄山不動講 Tシャツ tee shirts
- source : jozan.jp/index


The secret statue of Fudo.
The woodblock print stock dates back to the Edo period.
This amulet will take on your sorrows and negative influence and help for a good live by taking on your negative one (inochikae 「命替(いのちがえ)」.

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© PHOTO : 京都異境巡礼


This temple of the Jodo Sect of the Pure Land Buddhism is famous for its "crying Fudo, weeping Fudo" Naki Fudo 泣き不動. It is a special version of a "migawari Fudo".

The illustration above is from a scroll about this "crying Fudo" 泣き不動絵巻.

It relates to the famous .. Abe no Seimei 阿倍晴明 of the Heian Period.

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At the temple Mii-Dera, the priest, Chikyo 智興 , was struck of an unknown illness. When Abe went to see him, he realized: "Someone must take on your illness to heal you!"

So one of Chikyo's disciples, Shoku (Shookuu 証空), stepped forward and took the illness upon himself to heal his beloved master. He hurt very much and was in great pain, yet he never forgot to pray to Fudo Myo-O for help.

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When Fudo Myo-O learned about this event, he shed tears of compassion. Then in turn took the illness upon himself, Shoku was healed, but Fudo died from it and went to hell. His both hands were tied behind his back and he had to stand before the final tribunal of Emma, the King of Hell. His two disciples Kongara and Seitaka are standing in front of him, as you can see on the scroll.
When Emma heared the whole story, he was deeply moved, kneeled on the floor and apologized. Then he sent Fudo back to this earth.

It is a strange story, that Fudo Myo-O should die and fall into hell to endure the tribunal of the King of Hell. And the King of Hell in turn would fall on his knees to apologize ...


The scroll is of the Muromachi Period and an important cultural property of Japan.
清浄華院 
京都市上京区寺町通広小路上ル北ノ辺町395





Now there is a smiling Fudo "warai Fudo 笑い不動  in front of the tabernacle with the scroll.

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Statue of Fudo Myo-O of this temple
the Migawari Fudo 身代わり不動
which people often call the "weeping Fudo".
He is seated in the Main Temple Hall.


© PHOTO : www.demachi.jp

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Reference about Temple Shojokein
Hell Paintings Jigoku-E 地獄絵




. . . CLICK here for Photos of hell paintings !

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Weeping Fudo, Naki Fudo in Stone
Shiga Prefecture, Konan Alps
太神山, 笹間ヶ岳


© 朝宮、瀬田


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More about Hell and Demons
by my friend Mark Schumacher :
HELL SCROLLS - Jigoku Emaki 地獄絵巻


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Jigoku Bosatsu 。。。地獄菩薩  another name for Jizo Bosatsu

Enma, Emma, the King of Hell  閻魔天、閻魔王

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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Yakubyoogami 疫病神 Yakubyogami, Deity of Diseases
eyami no kami えやみのかみ

gyooyakujin 行疫神 gyoyakujin
ekijin, yakujin 疫神
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不動利益縁起絵巻 - Fudo Riyaku Engi Emaki
- 鎌倉期14Cより - 泣不動縁起絵, 証空絵詞
From temple 三井寺 Mitsuidera.
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