【World Heritage】Okuno-in Temple in Mt.Koya3.5
Mt. Koya or Koyasan is a basin running 2 km north-south and 4 km east-west, surrounded by 900m-high mountains, and located in the Koya Town of Wakayama Prefecture.
It is one of the holy sanctuaries afforded to Kukai aka Kobo-Daishi, who was an influential monk, by the emperor as a place for eternal meditation in 816(Heian Era). Kukai founded the Shingon Sect of Japanese Buddhism.
"Danjo Garan(Sacred Temple Complex)" is part of Mt. Koya, the center of Shingon Buddhism. Along with Okunoin Temple(the inner sanctuary), Danjo Garan is one of the two great sacred spots of Mt. Koya.
As a focal point of spiritual belief in Koyasan, "Okuno-in Temple" is a holy land where Kukai continues on in meditation today. In the short 2km road from Ichi-no-hashi Bridge to Kobo Daishi Mausoleum, over two hundred thousand tomb stones and Buddhist memorials including famous samurai loads have been lined along the cedar trees for a good thousand years.
When Kukai was 62 years old, he passed into eternal meditation in the Okunoin Temple. And some believe the Kukai did not die, but is in a higher level of meditaion.
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