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Temple No. 14, Jorakuji Temple第14番札所 常楽寺


The Joraku-ji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple; its formal name is Seiju-zan Enmei-in. The Joraku-ji Temple is the 14th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage; it is the only one of the 88 temples that is dedicated to the bodhisattva Maitreya. According to tradition, when Kobo Daishi was meditating in this area, he saw a vision of the Miroku-bosatsu (Bodhisattva Maitreya), accompanied by numerous other bodhisattvas, expounding Buddhist doctrine; Kobo Daishi carved a statue of Maitreya in sacred wood, built a temple, and set up the statue as the main object of veneration in the temple. The temple was subsequently expanded by Kobo Daishi’s disciples Shinzen Sojo and Kishin Shonin. During the Tensho era (1573–1592), the temple was burnt down by the armies of Motochika Chosokabe; it was rebuilt in 1659 on the orders of Hachisuka Mitsutaka, the lord of the Tokushima domain. Within the temple grounds, there is a stone Buddha statue ensconced in the branches of a huge araragi (Japanese Yew) tree, which is venerated as “Araragi-Daishi.”


Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kokufuchou Enmei 606

phone 0886420471

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Reviewed:2018/04/29 Which temple is this?
Very good temple to visit. It's busy as it is on the pilgrim trail, but had lovely outdoor areas where you can feel how old the place is. Though be careful with the names of temples as there are...
Reviewed:2018/07/04 88か所寺です。
Reviewed:2018/06/25 見どころは庭園

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