About us
Contact us


Slideshow  Google Map  Timeline  Timemap  Comments (0)

Surrounded by an enormous cemetery, Japan's largest, which contains the tombs of Kukai and many of the major Buddhist figures Japan has known as well as feudal lords and other prominent people. Kukai's mausoleum here is called the Gobyo.

it is believed that Kukai, Kobo Daishi, is sitting up in his tomb, waiting for all his sect's believers to die, at which poin he will shepard them to the Western Paradise. For this reason all believers try to have some itme of their bodies entombed here...a strand of hair, a fingernail...so that they will be here to go with Kobo Daishi when the time comes.

The lantern hall pictured here contains these remants of humanity with perpetual candles burning until the auspicious moment. It is said that some of these lanterns have been burning for centuries!

Related Items:
Gandhavara City Chant 乾達婆城の喻を詠ず
Heaven's Rain 如泡の喻を詠ず
Mandarin Orange Offering 柑子を獻ずる表
Kukai 774-846 空海
Koyasan 高野山
Japan 日本
Koyasan Mudi 高野山墓地
Wakayama 和歌山