Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sensei's 'National Treasure' Temple

Called the HIKARI-DO and located about a block away from Ichishima Shoshin's main temple of Senzo-ji, this grass-roofed hermitage was among the first buildings nominated for 'National Treasure' status in Japan.  The abbot is now Sensei's son Genshin and the honzon is Kannon-sama. Coincidentally, the temple's actual name (rather than the nickname above) is HOJU-IN which has exactly the same kanji and meaning as our goma-do, HOSHU-IN, the name granted by Gozen-sama, a translation of the Sanskrit 'cintamani' meaning 'jewel of the mind' or 'wish-fulfilling gem' in English.

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