Monday, February 10, 2014

En-no-Obasoku Icon

The legendary founder of the various sects of Shugendo who lived in the Yamato region, the ancient spiritual heart of Japan, circa 750AD. This icon dates from the 17thC resurgence of Shugendo and shows him taming the demons so that they serve the Dharma and benefit all beings. The mantra is NAMO JINBEN DAI BOSATSU which means roughly, "The great bodhisattva who transformed the spirits."

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