12/31/2010

Shichimen Daimyojin

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Shichimen Daimyojin 七面大明神

Shichimen Tennyo (七面天女) celestial nymph
Heavenly Lady from Mount Shichimen
Goddess Shichimen of Minobusan Kuon-ji

Shichimen Daibosatsu 七面大菩薩,
Shichimen Kannon


Shichimen Daimyojin is the guardian deity of Kuonji 久遠寺, the headquarters of Nichirenshu, which is in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Legend holds that a young lady, beautifully dressed, often appeared out of nowhere when Priest Nichiren was reciting the Lotus Sutra in Kuonji and she enthusiastically listened to his recitation. One day, the Priest asked her who she was. She said she was a celestial nymph living in a pond near Mt. Shichimen [next to Mount Minobu] and would like to get salvation from various sins and agonies through listening to his Lotus Sutra. But, Priest Nichiren had known who she was.

When Nichiren put a vase in front of her, her reflection on the vase revealed that she was a red dragon. Priest Nichiren instructed her to get back to the pond and to be a guardian deity of Kuonji. Hearing this, the red dragon went back to the pond. Ever since, she or the red dragon became a guardian deity of Kuonji, guarding at the southwestern corner (believed to be the rear Demon's Gate) of the temple.
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. Reference : 七面観音



. Nichiren, Saint Nichiren 日蓮 .
February 16, 1222 – October 13, 1282


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Her mother is Kichibojin が鬼子母神, her father Tokushaka 徳叉迦.

The ascent to Mount Shichimen, where she is said to live in a pond, was forbidden to ladies in former times. One concubine of Tokugawa Ieyasu, O-Man no Kata お万の方 (1548 - 1620) came to the White Waterfall 白糸の滝 at Mount Shichimen and continued her climb after ablutions in the waterfall. She was the first to climb the mountain, which has from then on been open to women pilgrims too.

One statue of a Kannon-version is at the
temple Shichimensan Keishin In 七面山敬慎院.

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. Yoojuuin 養珠院 お万の方 Yoju-In O-Man no Kata .

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Shichimenzan, Shichimensan 七面山
Mount Shichimen
about 1989 meters high.
From there you have a good view to the sacred Mount Minobu of the Nichiren sect.

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Shichimensan and Fujisan

Beginning the ascend from the temple Keishin In 七面山敬慎院, you can take a special bento lunchbox with you, prepared in the manner of vegetarian temple quisine,
shoojin bentoo 精進弁当.

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. WASHOKU : Vegetarian Temple Food
(shoojin ryoori 精進料理)



. WASHOKU - Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県)


. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩  


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