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2016/07/20

Iyo Yakushi Pilgrimage

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Iyo 12 Yakushi Temples, Shikoku 伊予十二薬師霊場

This pilgrimage was created about 30 years ago for Yakushi Temples around Matsuyama castle in the directions of the 12 zodiac animals. With a car or bus they can be visited in one day.



01 - 東林寺 Torin-Ji - Nezumi 子(ね)
02 - 医座寺 - Ushi 丑(うし)
03 - 蓮華寺 - I 亥(い)
04 - 西法寺 - Tora 寅(とら)
05 - 正観寺 - U 卯(う)
06 - 香積寺 - Tatsu 辰(たつ)
07 - 長隆寺 - Mi 巳(み)
08 - 雲門寺 - Uma 午(うま)
09 - 金蓮寺 - Saru 申(さる)
10 - 長楽寺 - Tori 酉(とり)
11 - 浄明寺 - Inu 戌(いぬ)
12 - 薬師寺 - Yakushi-ji - Hitsuji 未(ひつじ)

A pilgrimage to the 12 zodiac animals.

There are 12 zodiac animals, also representing one of the heavenly directions.

. ne 子 (nezumi 鼠) Rat (mouse)
. ushi 丑 Ox (cow, bull) .
. tora 寅 Tiger .
. u (usagi) 卯 Rabbit .
. tatsu 辰 Dragon .
. mi (hebi) 巳 Snake, Serpent .
. uma 午 Horse .
. mi (hitsuji) 未 Ram (sheep) .
. saru 申 Monkey .
. tori 酉 Rooster (chicken, cock) .
. inu 戌 Dog .
. i (inoshishi) 亥 Boar (wild boar) .

. 干支霊場 Pilgrimages to 12 Zodiac Animals Temples .
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The Seven Yakushi Temples of Iyo 伊予七薬師霊場
founded by
. Gyooki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu . (668 - 749)
-- see below --

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01 - Toorinji 東林寺 Torin-Ji
松山市福角町甲645 / Matsuyama




shuin 朱印 stamp

yakuyoke Yakushi 厄除け薬師

- Homepage of the temple
- source : fudasho.web.fc2.com/1ban/iyo

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02 小谷山医座寺 Iza-Ji
愛媛県松山市東大栗町甲656 / 656 Higashioguricho, Matsuyama, Ehime


Shusse Yakushi 出世薬師 for a good career
The letters of this huge stone memorial were carved according to the writings of 伝教大師最澄聖人 Dengyo Daishi, the founder of the Tendai sect.
On the ground is a memorial with sand from all the Yakushi temples of the Henro pilgrimage to 88 temples in Shikoku.
There are also stones from the 中国天台山 Chinese Tendai Temple and from インドの仏跡 Buddha relics of India.

This temple has been founded by Gyoki Bosatsu in 706.
In 829 the honorable priest Koojoo 別当大師光定 Betto Daishi Kojo (779 - 858) of 伊予の国風早 Kazahaya made it to a temple of the Tendai sect, with a tradition of 1300 years burning the light of the Buddhist Law.

The temple is about 5 km away from 堀江町 Horie villlage.
The villagers call this temple.
おおぐりのおやくしさん Ooguri no O-Yakushi San.

Once upon a time in a village of the 医座山(白山) "White Mountain" there was 一位木(あららぎ) a sacred Araragi tree. The tree was so huge it made a large shadow on the nearby fields and the farmers asked Gyoki for help. So he felled the tree. To appease the spirit of the tree he then carved seven statues of Yakushi Nyorai and placed them in seven temples, which he founded in Iyo.
伊予七薬師霊場 The Seven Yakushi Temples of Iyo.

医座寺 Iza-Ji / 十輪寺 Jurin-Ji / 03 蓮華寺 Renge-Ji / 安養寺 Anyo-Ji / 05 正観寺 Shokan-Ji / 08 雲門寺 Unmon-Ji / 西光寺 Saiko-Ji

安養寺 is now known as 石手寺 Ishite-Ji.
The 12 Yakushi Temples of Iyo were later added as a pilgrimage.

- Homepage of the temple
- source : izaji.jp/en_index -


. Shusse Yakushi 出世薬師 .  *

. ichii, araragi 一位 yew tree, Taxus baccata .
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Kinoyama Jinja 木野山神社 Shrine Kinoyama
愛媛県松山市東大栗町

Deities in residence
素盞鳴命 Susano no Mikoto / 大山積命 Oyamatsumi no Mikoto



This shrine is located int he back mountain of Iza-Ji, whereas the temple is located at its foot. The mountain was named 医座山 Izayama or 白山 Hakusan "White Mountain" (since salt was found there.)

- reference : makild.exblog.jp-

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03 室岡山蓮華寺 Renge-Ji
愛媛県松山市谷町257 / 室岡山 Shikkoozan Rengeji / Murookayama Rengeji



On the 17th day of the 6th lunar month in 743, the bright light of Yakushi was seen over the mountain. Since Gyoki was there on his pilgrimage, he founded the temple
The present main hall has been re-constructed in 1674.

- Chant of the temple
信あれば病はなおる蓮華寺 るりのくすりを 与えまします

松山新四国88霊場、四国88霊場番外
extra Fudasho on the Shikoku Pilgrimage to 88 Holy Sites in Matsuyama

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04 Saihooji 大楽山西法寺 Saiho-Ji
松山市下伊台町

薬師如来(伝教大師作) Statue of Yakushi Nyorai carved by Dengyo Daishi
. Saicho, Dengyo Daishi 伝教大師最澄 (766-822) .

The temple is located between Dogo Onsen and 奥道後温泉 Oku Dogo Onsen in a small valley.




usuzumizakura, usuzumi-zakura 薄墨桜 "light black Cherry blossoms"
“pale grey cherry blossom”
This famous cherry tree has been in the compound of the temple since the Asuka period.
- reference : userweb.shikoku.ne.jp/usuzum -

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Usuzumi yokan (sweet bean jelly)



This yokan has green tea flavor and its elegant sweetness. Usuzumi yokan was named after the Usuzumi cherry blossoms at Saiho-ji Temple in Matsuyama. The white beans in the jelly colored like a dark green leaf reminds you of the petals of the cherry blossom. This yokan is said to have originated in 1874 and has been awarded many prizes and is one of the famous confections in the nation.
- source : city.matsuyama.ehime.jp -

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05 Onoyama Shookannji 小野山正観寺 Shokan-Ji
松山市北梅本町 1745 / 1745 Kitaumemotomachi, Matsuyama

小野薬師 Onoyama Yakushi
It used to be one of the 伊予七薬師 Seven Yakushi of Iyo and was then called
Yamada Yakushi 山田薬師


- reference and more photos : blogs.yahoo.co.jp/hshi2921 -

The temple was founded by Gyoki Bosatsu about 1200 years ago.
It was located differently, but Lord 河野通廣 Kono Michihiro (? - 1263) had it rebuilt in its present location.
Now people have a festival on the 17th of July.
Onoyama is also spelled 長尾山. It is related to 住吉神 Sumiyoshi no Kami.

It is related to Ono no Komachi and thus a temple where people come to pray for health and beauty.

Ono no Komachi took a retreat for 100 days of prayer here, on request of the Sumiyoshi Deiry, to cure an illness.

春雨の降ると見えしか霽にけり その箕笠をそこに脱置く

It seemed that rain was falling, but the weather returned to fair, and the kasa was put aside

When she visited the region three years later, she had a new statue of Yakushi carved, inside who's head she inserted the verse.
- source : Bernard Faure - google books


. Three famous regional Yakushi Temples .
Shimane Prefecture, Ichihata Yakushi 島根県 一畑薬師
Fukuoka Prefecture, Kurume, 永勝寺 Eisho-Ji
Ehime Prefecture, Yamada Yakushi 愛媛県宇和町 山田薬師


. Ono no Komachi 小野 小町 Waka Poetess and Famous Beauty . (825 — 900

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06 Kooshakuji 瑠璃山香積寺 Koshaku-Ji
愛媛県東温市田窪1504 / 重信町田窪1504 - Toon town, Tanokubo




Katade Yakushi 隻手薬師 "Yakushi with one arm"

A temple related to Mount Koyasan and Kobo Daishi.



o-mamori お守り amulets
A special amulet about Hariko Daishi 張子大師 "papermache doll Daishi" is available.

家内安全 traffic safety, 病気平癒 health, 厄除け warding off evil, 安産 safe birth

- Homepage of the temple
- source : katateyakushi.com/index

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07 Chooryuuji 興福山長隆寺 Choryu-Ji
松山市来住町 Kishimachi 996−4

長隆寺禅寺 Choryu-Ji Zendera

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08 - 雲門寺 Unmon-Ji
愛媛県松山市星岡1丁目1-8 / Matsuyama, Hoshioka



岡薬師瑠璃光如来 Oka Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai
The Yakushi Hall of this temple is at the top of 星岡山 Mount Hoshioka san.
奥之院薬師堂は星岡山の山頂

During the Sengoku period of the warring states, Hoshioka was a region of constant fighting. The Yakushi Hall 薬師堂 of the temple is on these grounds, it was built in 1073.
This Yakushi helps to cure warts and other skin troubles and since olden times pilgrims came here from Okayama, Hiroshima and other parts of Japan.

The main festival is on the 17th of July.



- Homepage of the temple
- source : unmonji.com -

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09 玉松山金蓮寺 Konren-Ji
松前町西古泉65 Masaki Cho, Nishikoizumi, Iyo-Gun, Ehime
A temple of the Shingon sect.
The old name of the temple was
Shoojinji 性尋(しょうじん)寺 Shojin-Ji
It has been found in the Heian period around 808 by the 河野氏 Kano clan.


source and more photos : blog.livedoor.jp/awatennbou/archives

Later in the Kamakura period, a priest named 明海上人 Myokai Shonin layed a new foundation.
It also relates to 義農作兵衛 Gino Sakubei (around 1732) and a great famine at that time.

ryuutoo Yakushi 龍灯薬師 Yakushi of the Dragon Lantern

Once upon a time
the fishermen of Masaki went out to the sea for fishing, when the weather suddenly turned bad. They tried to get back to land as fast as they could, but the strong wind and currents drifted the boat further out to sea. The fishermen rowed the boat with all their might, but eventually lost all their strength and just sang the Amida prayer:
「南無阿弥陀仏。南無阿弥陀仏。」 Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu.

Suddenly they saw a light on the horizon, and then one more, and one more. They rowed the boat toward that light in hope for help. The three lights kept flickering as if they wanted to encourage the fishermen to do their best. This light came, in fact, from a pine tree in the compound of the temple.



ryuutoo no matsu 龍灯のマツ the Dragon Lamp Pine

The fishermen rowed faster and faster to reach this light and finally came to the beach.
"Thanks to the Buddha from temple Konren-Ji. Let us give thanks and pray!"
The fishermen stood in front of the pine and looked up to see the light again, but now all was dark.

"This must have been a dragon dancing and thus bringing light to the sea of Masaki!"

Eventually years later in a storm this pine tree broke down, but before it died, the fishermen took a branch and planted it anew. And to their surprize the new tree had three main stems. Thus they understood that this pine tree was the dancing dragon.
The tree we can see now is a much later generation.

. ryuutoo 竜灯 / 龍燈 "dragon lamp", dragon lantern .
phosphorescent lights seen at sea at night, thought to be the torches of the Dragon King

A phenomenon at the Ariakekai sea in Kagoshima, Kyushu, in the evening hours.
It is also seen in other parts of Japan as a light that the Dragon God sends out to honor the deities of Shinto and Buddhism in Japan.

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10 Choorakuji 長楽寺 Choraku-Ji
松山市西垣生町1250 / Nishihabu

In the very South of Matsuyama is a region called 今出(いまず) Imazu. At its entrance is a magnificent gate, almost like the entrance to a Dragon Palace.
the Mitsujoomon 密乗門 Mitsujo-Mon Gate.



In the temple compound is also a hall for 弁天堂 Benten, where businessmen come to pray.



At the Yakushi Do 薬師堂 Yakushi Hall
the villagers from Habu come to pray for good fortune, a good harvest and protection from illness.
In former times there were three large pine trees in the compuond. People picked up the pine cones, burned them to put the smoke and smell on their bodies and prayed. The ashes of the pine cones were said to heal warts.
In front of the main hall is a statue of
ichigan Fudo 一眼不動尊 "Fudo with one eye"
who also grants just one wish (ichigan 一願) of the worshippers.
(With two eyes, Fudo sees very clearly all the bad points of a human, with one eye he sees only half and can thus extend his benevolence and mercy to more people.)
There are other temples with such a Fudo statue in Japan.
. Ichigan Fudo 一願不動 One Wish Fudo .



shuin 朱印 stamp of the temple


密乗の門太白花仰き入る

村上霽月 Murakami Seigetsu (1869 - 1946)
His grave is at the temple Choraku-Ji.

. Seigetsu Ki 霽月忌 Seigetsu Memorial Day .
- kigo for spring - February 15.

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11 Joomyooin 浄明院 Jomyo-In
松山市別府町546 / Matsuyama-shi, Befuchō, 546 / 飯岡山

The temple is surrounded by a white mud wall. The 仁王門 Nio-O Gate is new with two new statues. Red flags are placed along the access to the Yakushi Hall.

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12 瑠璃光山薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji
松山市泉町122 / Izumimachi

周囲はビルで囲まれる境内で参道は長く古木の並木で在り寺院の後ろに見えるビルは似合うとはいえない 山門を過ぎて驚くは超モダンな本堂でコンクリートは理解出来るが其の色付けが奇抜で在る 前には生駒山から勧請したと云う聖天堂が古い形で保たれる

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Nokyo-Cho 納経帳 stamp book



source : xxx

At the end of the pilgrimage !
伊予十二薬師  記念台紙


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伊予七薬師霊場 The Seven Yakushi Temples of Iyo
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02 医座寺 Iza-Ji
03 蓮華寺 Renge-Ji
05 正観寺 Shokan-Ji
08 雲門寺 Unmon-Ji


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Anyooji 安養寺 Anyo-Ji
松山市二神甲 640

. Ishiteji 石手寺 Ishite-Ji - "Stone Hand Temple" .

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Juurinji 十輪寺 Jurin-Ji
松山市庄甲 810

庄薬師堂 Sho Yakushi



This temple originated in manor (荘園), but the statue of Yakushi was heavily damaged.
Two statues are now 重要文化財指定, dating back to the Heian period.

- reference : sji.mints.ne.jp -

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Saikooji 西光寺 Saiko-Ji
松山市枝松町 1-2-26 / 1 Chome-2-26 Edamatsu, Matsuyama, Ehime


source : your-wing.jp/2014/09/27

This temple belongs now to the Zen sect and offers 座禅 meditation courses.

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Ishi Yakushi Stone

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Ishi Yakushi 石薬師 "Stone Yakushi" and Yakushi Ishi 薬師石 "Yakushi Stone
Kasagidera 笠置寺 Kasagi-Dera Kyoto


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Ishiyakushiji 石薬師寺 Temple Ishiyakushi-Ji
1 Ishiyakushicho, Suzuka, Mie



Founded by priest Taichoo 泰澄 Taicho (681 - 767) in the Nara period. When Taicho walked here in 726, there was a groaning in the ground and a huge stone appeared. He realized that this was The Buddha of Healing trying to have a temple here to help the people.
In 796 Kobo Daishi Kukai came here and carved a statue of Yakushi.
In 1575 the buildings burned down, but was built anew in 1601 by priest 円賢法印 Enken with the support of the Lord of Kobe, 一柳監物直盛 Hitotsuyanagi Kenmotsu Naomori (1564 - 1636).

People come here to pray for good health, and also for the well-being of the family and protection from disasters.

- - - - - Pilgrim Temple at :
西国薬師第三十三番霊場 - 33 Yakushi Temples in Saikoku
三重四国番外霊場 - Mie-Shikoku Bangai Pilgrims Temples
鈴鹿七福神恵比寿霊場 - Seven Deities of Good Luck in Suzuka



- - - - - HP of the temple
- source : geocities.jp/ishiyakushiji -

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Officially, this temple is called Takatomiyama Ruriko-in Ishiyakushi-ji.
Legend has it that the temple got its name from the presence there of an image of Yakushi, the Healing Buddha, carved into a rock by Kukai (774-835), a celebrated Buddhist priest also known as Kobo Daishi.
A farming village nestles in the bosom of mountains depicted in gradations of three different tints ? indigo blue, black and green. In this landscape, the temple stands quietly among the trees. Two men carrying bundles hurry along the road leading to the temple gateway while farmers work in a dry rice field dotted with stacks of straw. These human figures, meticulously depicted, eloquently portray the idyllic aspect of rural life.
- source : tokaido53tsugi.omd-net.com -


- - - Hiroshige 広重

. The 53 stations of the Tokaido Road 東海道五十三次 .
44. Ishiyakushi-juku 石薬師宿 (Suzuka)

It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
It received its name from the nearby Buddhist temple, Ishiyakushi-ji.
Ishiyakushi-juku was established in 1616, as part of the Edo period's Tōkaidō. Originally, there had been no post stations between Yokkaichi-juku and Kameyama-juku, so Ishiyakushi-juku was formed with about 180 buildings at its inception. The Ozawa family managed the honjin in the town and kept many records, which are still available today in a local archives museum.
The classic ukiyoe print by Ando Hiroshige (Hoeido edition) from 1831-1834 depicts the temple in a grove of trees on the left and a village on the right, with a range of hills in the background.
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. Taichō 泰澄上人 Saint Taicho Shonin / Taicho-Daishi 泰澄大師 .
Etsu no Daitoku 越の大徳 - Great Man of Virtue from Etsu
Unpen Shoonin 雲遍上人 Saint Unpen Shonin
Shiramine Daisoojo 天狗 白峰大僧正 Tengu Shiramine Daisojo


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Yakushi-Ishi, Yakushiishi 薬師石 Yakushi Stone

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Kasagidera 笠置寺 Kasagi-Dera and Pagoda
京都府相楽郡笠置町大字笠置小字笠置山29 Kyoto, Kasagiyama / Kasagizan


A stone relief of 弥勒磨崖仏 Miroku Magaibutsu






source : 8mada.at.webry.info/201504
薬師石 Yakushi Ishi

There are two big rocks involved in the naming of Kasagiyama and the temple.
When the son of Emperor Tenji Tenno 天智天皇 (626 - 671) passed here while hunting for shika 鹿 deer, he got stuck on top of the rock 薬師石 Yakushi-Ishi.
He prayed to Yama no Kami 山の神, the Deity of the Mountain :
"If you save my life, I will have the figure of 弥勒菩薩 Mikoku Bosatsu carved in this stone."
With the help of the deity he made his way back to safety.
And not ever to forget this place again, he oki 置 placed his kasa 笠 hat on a stone in the middle.

笠置 reads kasaoki "to place a hat", now shortened to Kasagi-dera.

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Short history of Kasagi Dera ( Kasagi Temple )
Kasagi Dera has a long history. About 2000 years ago, the big rocks of Kasagi Yama (Mt. Kasagi, 288 m)) were regarded as religious symbols by the people. Years ago, a part of a Yuhi-style stone sword was found in front of one of the big rocks. This particular kind of stone sword presumed to have been used in the Yayoi Period.

About 1300 years ago, people gradually settled in the Kasagi Yama area. In the years that followed, Jiichu Wajou ( Priest Jiichu ) of Toudaiji Temple and his master Ryouben Soujou ( Great Priest Ryouben ) carved the images of Buddha on the face of the big rocks. Kasagi Yama became very famous as the heart of learning Buddhism.

During the Heian Period, after Eisho 7 ( the 7th year of Eisho, in 1052), Mappo Shisou (the concept of Mappo 末法思想) spread all over Japan. Mappo Shisou is one of the Buddhist theories:2000 years after the death of Buddha, everything in the world will become worse and worse. The people of that time thought that the Mappo Period would begin in 1052. And the images of Buddha on the big rock in Kasagi Yama ( these images of Buddha are called Magaibutsu ) became the symbol of Buddhism among the people. At that time, these images were thoght to have been carved by God. Kasagi Yama became the place for spiritual training.
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On August 27th in Genkou 1 ( the 1st year of Genkou, in 1331 ), Emperor Go Daigo 後醍醐天皇, who attempted to usurp power from the Kamakura shougunate but failed, escaped into Kasagi Dera. For about a month, these was a battle between Emperor Go Daigo and the Kamakura shougunate (Kasagiyama no Tatakai 笠置山の戦い Siege of Mount Kasagiyama). At the end, Emperor Go Daigo lost and retreated to Yoshino Yama. Only the burnt ruins of Kasagi Dera remained.
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In Meiji 9 ( the 9th year of Meiji, in 1876 ), Jouei Wajou (Prist Wajou ) began to live in Kasagi Dera. He tried to rebuild the temple. After 20 years, his efforts fulfilled, Kasagi Dera was restored at last.
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- - - - - HP of the temple 鹿鷺山 笠置寺 Shikasagizan Kasagidera
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source : nichibun.ac.jp/meisyozue

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Daisoojoo 笠置山大僧正 - Daisojo, Kasagizan

One of the
. 四十八天狗 48 Tengu of Japan .

According to then temple legends, during the Kamakura Period there lived an oni 鬼 Monster at this mountain, called
笠置大僧正 Kasagizan Daisojo.



There lived also a saint called Gedatsu Shoonin, Shōnin 解脱上人 Gedatsu Shonin on this mountain.

. Gedatsu Shoonin, Shōnin 解脱上人 Saint Gedatsu Shonin .
Jōkei 貞慶 Jokei (1155 - 1212)

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. Godaigo, Go-Daigo-tennō 後醍醐天皇 - Emperor Go-Daigo .

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笠置路に俤描く桃青忌
Kasagi ji ni omokage egaku Toosei ki

along the Kasagi road
there are traces of the past -
Green Peach Day


. 高浜虚子 Takahama Kyoshi (1874 - 1959).


. Toosei ki 桃青忌 "Green Peach Memorial Day" for Matsuo Basho .
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葛の崖笠置の山は上に在りと
高浜年尾 Takahama Toshio


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薬師石 Yakushi Ishi

Standing before this stone memorial, silently just praying intensely to get better - will heal a person.


- source : dora-moon/entry

at 達磨寺 Daruma-Ji, Ooji, Nara
奈良県北葛城郡王寺町

. Darumaji 達磨寺 Daruma-Ji temples of Japan .

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Hyogo, 神戸市 Kobe 東灘区 Higashinada ward

. Yakushi Ishi 薬師石 A Yakushi Stone Legend .
and 石薬師 an Ishi Yakushi Legend from Shiga, Shigaraki 信楽町

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From Murakami Onsen Hot Spring, Niigata
Radium-Stones
新潟県五頭温泉郷「村杉温泉」産ラジウム鉱石 / 薬師石
日本薬石研究所 Yakuseki Kenkyujo
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2016/02/06

Yakushi Sanzon Triad

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Yakushi sanzon 薬師三尊 Yakushi Triad, Trias, Trinity
薬師瑠璃光如来三尊佛 Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai Sanzon

Three Buddhist deities, the principal image chuuson 中尊 Chuson in the center,
and an attendant kyouji, wakiji 脇侍 Wakiji on each side.
. sanzon 三尊 triad / sanzonbutsu 三尊仏 .
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The two attendants of Yakushi are Nikkō on the left and Gakkō on the right.
If you think of Yakushi as a doctor of a hospital, Nikko is the nurse for the day shift and Gakko has the night shift.
So you are in good hands for 24 hours.

. Nikkoo Bosatsu (Sunlight) 日光菩薩 - Gakkoo Bosatsu (Moonlight) 月光菩薩
Suryaprabha and Candraprabha - Nikko and Gakko .




. 円空 Enku : Yakushi Sanzon 薬師三尊 .

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薬師三尊 (魅惑の仏像 5)
西村公朝 Nishimura Kocho, 小川光三 Ogawa Kozo,


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. 刀田山鶴林寺 Kakurin-Ji Todasan .
Toda no Taishi 刀田の太子
Hyogo, Kakogawa 兵庫県加古川市加古川町北在家424


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The statues date back to the Heian period and are made in the style of Joochoo 定朝様 Jocho. They are made from hinoki 檜 Japanese cypress. Even after 900 years there are rays of golden color coming from the face, neck and breast.

. 大島山瑠璃寺 Ruri-Ji Ojimasan .
Nagano - 薬師瑠璃光如来三尊佛 Yakushi Ruriko Sanzon

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Yakushi-Ji Nara 薬師寺旧金堂


source : wikipedia


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By Yo Ikon 葉偉混
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. 薬師浄土曼荼羅 Yakushi Jodo Mandala .

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2016/02/02

Yakushi Paradise

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The Paradise of Yakushi Nyorai
Yakushi Rurikoo Joodo 薬師瑠璃光浄土 Yakushi Ruriko Jodo
Toohoo Rurikoo Joodo / 東方瑠璃光浄土 Toho Ruriko Jodo


He resides in the
Eastern Paradise of Pure Lapis Lazuli 東方浄瑠璃世界 Toho Joruri Sekai.

joodo 浄土 Jodo is a general term for the region where a Buddha lives, where humans go after death,
often also called gokukraku 極楽 paradise.


source : tadekuu-mushi.jugem.jp

薬師浄土曼荼羅 Yakushi Jodo Mandala
Temple Yakushi-Ji 薬師寺

Painting from the Edo period. about 2.4 meters wide and 4 meters long.
According to the Sutra 薬師如来本願功徳経 Yakushi Nyorai Hongan Kudoku Kyo,
Bhaisajyaguru-vaidurya-prabha-raja Sūtra


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With Nikko and Gakko Bosatsu at his side 日光菩薩 / 月光菩薩.
Surounded by the 12 Heavenly Generals 十二神将.

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東方瑠璃光浄土
これは、薬師如来様が住む「東方瑠璃光浄土」を表現しています。「東方」とは、まさに私たちの住む世界から東を指し、美しい瑠璃(るり)の光に満ちた美しい世界だとされています。そのため、ここの主である「薬師如来様」は、「薬師瑠璃光如来様」とも呼ばれています。
- source : 神仏絵師の昌克


. Nikko Bosatsu (Sunlight) / Gakko Bosatsu (Moonlight)
Nikkoo to Gakkoo 日光菩薩と月光菩薩 .

Suryaprabha and Candraprabha
For a 24 hour watch over our health and well-being.


. Yakushi sanzon 薬師三尊 Yakushi Triad, Trias, Trinity .

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2016/02/01

placebo and Yakushi

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placebo effect プラシーボ効果 and Yakushi Nyorai
プラセボ効果



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A placebo ( Latin placēbō, "I shall please" from placeō, "I please")
is a simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient. Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition, a phenomenon commonly called the placebo effect or placebo response. The placebo effect consists of several different effects woven together, and the methods of placebo administration may be as important as the administration itself.
..... The placebo effect points to the importance of perception and the brain's role in physical health. Placebos can produce some objective physiological changes, such as changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and chemical activity in the brain, in cases involving pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and some symptoms of Parkinson’s. In other cases, like asthma, the effect is purely subjective, when the patient reports improvement despite no objective change in the underlying condition.
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. jujutsushi 呪術師 magic healer .
The healer chanted special prayers and spells and poured water over the affected body part.



..... a more simple way of healing (possibly with a stronger placebo effect).
The healer would write the character の over the affected body part, chant some incantation and that was it.
As an aside, even now mothers use the spell for all kinds of pain
itai no itai no tonde ike (tondeke) 痛いの痛いのとんでいけ pain, pain go away

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. Abe no Seimei 阿倍晴明 (921 - 1005) .
He performed a lot of rituals to heal people of high rank and his power in this respect is now attributed to the placebo effect プラセボ効果 known to modern medicine.

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Curing with Kaji (加持 ritual incantations)
..... mentions complementary (hokan 補完) and alternative (daitai 代替) medicine, yet disparagingly analyzes all such modalities in light of the placebo effect.
- source : Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture - - PDF file

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薬師瑠璃光如来・大医王佛
・安心正巳 など至れり尽せりで他の如来のような精神的・哲学的なご利益などでは無く非常に実利的かつ菩薩的なご利益である、また神仏融合の先駆け的如来でもある、除病安楽を謳う薬師如来のプラシーボ効果(placebo)は大きな信仰を得た様である。
- source : mk123456.web.fc2.com/yakun.htm -

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- reference : プラセボ効果 薬師如来 -

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東大寺ミュージアム Todai-Ji Museum

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Todai-Ji Temple Nara 東大寺
..... Yakushi Nyorai Buddha of healing, situated outside.
If you touch him, then touch the place where you're in pain, it will feel better.
Placebo effect? Maybe, but it worked for me!
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The Cult of the Healing Buddha in East Asia
Donghwasa Temple, South Korea, May 29–30, 2013.

The cult of the Healing Buddha (Skt. Bhaiṣajyaguru, Ch. Yaoshi, K. Yaksa, J. Yakushi) constituted one of the major cults in East Asia. And yet, with the exception of Raoul Birnbaum’s seminal work (The Healing Buddha, first published in 1979), it has been until now largely neglected in Western scholarship. The present conference is intended as a first step toward redressing this neglect.
The functional relation between Bhaiṣajyaguru and healing opens up a large area of research on the relationships between Buddhism, medicine, and healing cults. ..... More specifically, the extent to which Bhaiṣajyaguru’s cult contributed to promoting Buddhist priests as healers remains unexplored territory.
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The esoteric Bhaiṣajyaguru as a cosmic deity, at the center of the spatio-temporal framework formed by the bodhisattvas Suryaprabha and Candraprabha and the twelve spirit-commanders (who are linked to the twelve zodiacal signs). In his capacity as an astral deity, Bhaiṣajyaguru is also associated with the cult of the seven Bhaiṣajyaguru and the pairing of this septet with the seven stars of Ursa Major (i.e., the Big, or Northern, Dipper). In Japan, for example, this cult provided a bridge between esoteric Buddhism and the so-called Way of Yin and Yang (Onmyōdō).
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in Japan the pestilence god Gozu Tennō 牛頭天王 is often considered a manifestation of Bhaiṣajyaguru.
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