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  Kobo Daishi
Kobo Daishi studied esoteric Buddhism from the successors of the Tang-dynasty monk Bu Kong.
Renshaw and Ihara refer to the story that Kobo Daishi may have misheard the Samarkand word for 'Sunday, 'Meeruu', as 'secret day', with the result that Sunday continued to be called Mitsu (meaning 'esoteric' or 'secret') for a large part of Japan's history.
Kobo Daishi was concerned about a 'secret day' as the seven days of the week were important for astrological purposes.
www.cjvlang.com /Dow/KoboD.html   (171 words)

 Tales of Kobo Daishi - Pack Carnes
Kobo Daishi is known among Buddhist scholars usually as Kukai, a name he gave himself upon becoming a monk.
Kobo Daishi (Kobo means roughly "spreading the teachings [of Buddha]"; Daishi means Great Teacher) is his posthumous name and the name by which he is known to all of Japan.
Kobo Daishi (hereafter Kobo) is now so ingrained into Japanese folklore that his name is heard in virtually every sort of traditional form: proverbs, legends, tall stories, didactic tales, and even jokes.
www.worldandi.com /specialreport/1991/january/Sa19053.htm   (316 words)

 Kobo Daishi
Kobo Daishi, also known as "Kukai", was the man who introduced the Shingon Teachings to Japan.
Not only that but Kobo Daishi was clever enough to understand the extreme Syncreticism of the Japanese, their thirst for magic and secrets, so he transmitted Shingon teachings to teachers in the old Temples of Nara as well as to Dengyo's own disciples.
Kobo Daishi was doing more than making "temporary compromises" since his method of propagation allowed people to put his teachings side by side with other teachers "exoteric" teachings, and in effect was a means for coopting the teachers, the elites, and excluding others.
www.geocities.com /chris_holte/Buddhism/kobo.html   (7073 words)

 The Story of Koyasan
While Kobo Daishi was in China, the Emperor, hearing of his fame required him to rewrite the name of a room in the Royal Palace, the original inscription having become faded.
As he was still in China, Kobo Daishi threw his sanko (three-pronged thunderbolt) into the air, and it vanished with the speed of lightening in the direction of Japan, where it was later found in the top branches of a tree growing near the crest of Mt. Koya.
Kobo Daishi gave this name to the whole collection of temples at Koya, but today the name refers to this specific temple, the "mother temple" and headquarters of the Shingon Sect.
www.asunam.com /koyasan_page.htm   (1728 words)

 Paper: Hiroshi Tanaka Shimazaki
The association of Kobo Daishi with the pilgrimage is clearly evident in the landscape.
The significance of the association of the pilgrim places with Kobo Daishi manifest in geographic features, together with the acknowledgement of this association by pilgrims through their behaviour, is one important element in th e distinctiveness of the pilgrimage.
Kobo Daishi was born in 774, the son of the prosperous Saeki Zentsu, in what is now Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku.
www.colorado.edu /Conferences/pilgrimage/papers/Shimazaki.html   (8209 words)

 Shikoku Island Pilgrimage Julian Skinner New Zealand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kobo Daishi, according to the tradition, then dedicated his life to the benefit of all beings, built many temples, travelled to China for further study and returned as the Patriarch of Shingon or Tantric Buddhism.
So we all become Kobo Daishi for each other and take a step towards seeing the whole universe for what it is, the manifestation of universal compassion and interconnectedness.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, the Emperor ordered Kobo Daishi to build a temple commemorating his enlightenment high up on the cape and that's become the focus of the Muroto part of the pilgrimage, leaving the cave for those stumbling about at sea level with a somewhat looser schedule.
www.chirising.co.nz /naturalhealtharticles/skinnershikoku.html   (1968 words)

 Shudo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Its legendary founder is Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism, who is said to have brought over from China, together with the teachings of the Buddha, the teachings of male love.
Mount Koya, where Kobo Daishi's monastery is still located, was a byword for male love up to the end of the pre-modern period.
The teachings of shudo, "The Way of the Young," entered the literary tradition and can be found in such as works as Hagakure, "Hidden by Leaves," and other samurai manuals.
www.encyclopedia-online.info /Shudo   (228 words)

 Mt. Koya : Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kobo Daishi was a charismatic priest who had spent 2 years in China studying Esoteric Buddhism before returning to his native land to spread his teachings among the Japanese.
His followers believe Kobo Daishi is not dead but simply in a deep state of meditation, awaiting the arrival of the last bodhisattva (Buddha messiah).
Through the centuries, many of Kobo Daishi's followers, wishing to be close at hand when the great priest awakens, have had huge tombs or tablets constructed close to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum, and many have had their ashes interred here.
www.frommers.com /destinations/print-narrative.cfm?destID=2930&catID=2930010001   (383 words)

 Article by Ashley Wright   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kobo Daishi transmitted Shingon Buddhism from China to Japan in the late eighth century and modified it to work in the Japanese context.
Kobo Daishi is said to have been the first henro to walk the path around Shikoku, establishing each of the 88 temples on sacred ground along the way.
None believed they had really seen Kobo Daishi disguised as a boy, but the stories of how he had appeared through the centuries to give assistance to those lost on the henro path played on their minds for the rest of the day.
www.lac.uic.edu /~dturk/shikoku/wright.html   (1338 words)

 The Way of Shikoku: Part V   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The belief that Kobo Daishi remains alive was reinforced in 921, the year the imperial court granted Kukai the title Kobo Daishi, which means "Great Teacher who spread the law of Buddhism across the country." When news of the honour reached Koyasan, priests entered Kukai's mausoleum.
Priests and religious ascetics trekked across Japan promoting Kobo Daishi "as a travelling pilgrim dressed in monks' robes, with a begging bowl, a staff, and a bamboo hat, wandering around Japan" to cure the sick, benefit the virtuous and punish the wicked.
Kobo Daishi's well-documented journeys around Shikoku provided the guide and inspiration for other Koya hijiri, or holy men from Mount Koya.
www.canada.com /ottawa/ottawacitizen/specials/shikoku/story.html?id=cf4febb1-0bef-489d-a900-5877545c5610&page=3   (511 words)

 Introduction to the Shikoku pilgrimage
Kobo Daishi’s approach to Buddhism and his various achievements (he introduced public education, Chinese medicine, civil engineering, and a systematic alphabet) appealed to a wide range of Japanese people, so the pilgrimage attracts people of many beliefs.
A youthful Kobo Daishi, between the ages of 7 and 13, studied at a spot near the altar by moon light coming through the round window of the cave.
Kobo Daishi is said to have been enlightened at Cape Muroto after he completed a long pilgrimage and vigorous religious training.
web.aall.ufl.edu /SJS/movietext.html   (3205 words)

 Echoes of Incense: Chapter 2
When Kobo Daishi was walking around Shikoku, he came here and decided to do a seven-day ritual.
Inspired by her story, Kobo Daishi carved a statue of Senju Kannon, the form of Kannon with 1,000 arms symbolizing the infinite ways this Bodhisattva reaches out to help those who call for her help.
Kobo Daishi then took the two statues and enshrined them in the temple, which he founded in her honor.
echoes.bluemandala.com /02.html   (1356 words)

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This school was founded in 804 AD by Kukai (Kobo Daishi) in Japan.
Kobo Daishi (Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism, was born in the town of Zentsuji in Kagawa Prefecture in Japan in 774.
Kobo Daishi initiated the Buddhist monastery at the top of this mountain which is 3,000 feet above sea level.
www.koyasan.org /nckoyasan/introduction.html   (1110 words)

 William Zacha - Tokaido Journey - 40. CHIRYU
As began a drawing, a man came up, watched me work, and explained that the statue was Kobo Daishi.
At the time I was reading Statler's JAPANESE PILGRIMAGE, about Kobo Daishi, and the great pilgrimage around the island of Shikoku, in which one visits the 88 temples connected with his life.
Kobo Daishi founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism, and is one of the most revered saints of Japan.
www.williamzacha.com /40.html   (188 words)

Recognizable by their matching white suits (bearing the motto which translates: "Daishi and I, going together"), wooden staffs, and sedge hats, the pilgrims embark on what is known as "Shikoku Henro", or the Shikoku pilgrimage, to retrace the steps of Kobo-daishi, the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.
But among his many admirable traits, skills, and powers, Kobo-daishi was also credited with introducing many aspects of Chinese culture into Japan, including a system of measures, various Chinese medicines, the growth and processing of tea, as well as architectural knowledge.
The "reward" isn't that phenomenal, but to say you did it, "you and Daishi going together" as it were, may be worth it.
www.geocities.com /TheTropics/6330/Shikoku.html   (510 words)

 Miroku Bosatsu, Miroku Nyorai - Japanese Buddhist Saviour of the Future
Founded by Kobo Daishi (774 to 835 AD), the Shingon sect believes that, far in the future, the Miroku Bosatsu will become a Nyorai (Buddha), and then appear on earth to save those unable to achieve enlightenment.
Kobo Daishi (774 to 835 AD), the real-life founder of Shingon, resides in the Tusita Heaven, which is the pure land of Maitreya Bodhisattva, and he guarantees Maitreya's vow, having attained salvation in this present world.
It is for this reason that Kobo Daishi is said to grant salvation during the time between the death of Sakyamuni and the appearance of Maitreya, and is a source of great spiritual light as the Bodhisattva between these two Buddhist deities.
www.onmarkproductions.com /html/miroku.shtml   (887 words)

 TheScene.com.au : Monk for a Day
I had arrived at Koya-san, in Wakayama Prefecture, where thousands of Japanese descend annually in the hope that they will be touched by the spirit of Kobo Daishi, the Buddhist saint whose tomb lies at the top of the mountain.
Kobo Daishi's mausoleum lies behind the Lantern Hall, where hundreds of lamps burn, including two which are believed to have been burning continuously for the past 900 years.
It is believed that in this hall the Daishi is still alive and in deep meditation awaiting the arrival of Miroku, the Buddha of the future.
www.thescene.com.au /travel/bug/2005_9_29_649.html   (964 words)

 Kobo Daishi, or Kukai --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
One of the best known and most beloved figures in Japanese Buddhism was Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai.
Kobo Daishi was born on July 27, 774, to a wealthy family in Byobugaura.
There are Kamakura sculptures, including Jizo-Bosatsu, and a relief of 1327 from Kochi of Kobo Daishi (Kukai), one of the best-known Buddhist saints in Japan.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9275308?tocId=9275308   (645 words)

 UH Manoa Library Receives Valuable Addition to Japanese Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai, was a famous Buddhist priest of the early Heian period (794—1185 AD) and founder of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism.
Kukai is famous as a calligrapher and is said to have invented (on the model of Sanskrit) hiragana, the syllabary in which, in combination with Chinese characters, Japanese is written.
“Kobo Daishi’s intellectual contributions are gaining the attention of Western scholars and his facsimile reproductions are a valuable resource for students of both art and religion.”
www.uhm.hawaii.edu /cgi-bin/uhnews?20030904134901   (393 words)

 Honolulu Star-Bulletin Editorial
>> Kobo Daishi was the founder of Shingon or Esoteric Buddhism in Japan and lived during the 8th and 9th centuries (774-835 AD).
>> Kobo Daishi did not invent the "kana" syllabary, but because of his knowledge of and his introduction of Sanskrit studies, the "kana" system emerged, as it is based on the Sanskrit alphabet.
Thus, Kobo Daishi was not the founder of Japanese Buddhism, brilliant man that he was.
starbulletin.com /2002/07/23/editorial/letters.html   (934 words)

Great Master Dengyo came to the conclusion that the Dainichi Sutra of the Shingon Sect was inferior to the Lotus Sutra and also that some thought of the Tendai Sect was incorporated in _the Commentary on the Dainichi Sutra_ (the Maharvairocane Sutra), in particular, by Ichigyo Ajari (I-hsing A-she-li).
Probably because Great Master Kobo felt resentment at the fact that the Sutra of the Shingon Sect was held in contempt and partly because he wanted to retrieve its honor, he made a false statement to people that the Lotus Sutra was inferior not only to the Dainichi but also to the Kegon Sutras.
However, they supported Great Masters Kobo's claim that the Dainichi Sutra of the Shingon Sect was superior to the Lotus Sutra although they belonged to the Tendai Sect.
www.butsuryushu.org /study/selected-writings-of-nichiren-sh/honzon-mondo-sho/honzon-mondo-sho.htm   (6068 words)

 The Yamato Section of the Aki Meguri
Founded by Kobo Daishi--about whom you'll be hearing a lot in the next weeks--this mountaintop sanctuary, 820 meters (2,665 feet) above sea level, has a rare combination of natural beauty and religious presence.
He guided Kobo Daishi to the sanko in the pine, where the Daishi established his monastery, and later built a Shinto shrine (seen on my Garan page) to propitiate the Myoujin.
He is the central figure in Shingon Buddhism (Kobo Daishi's sect), and also happens to be the guardian of my birth month (July).
www.thetempleguy.com /akimeguri/yamato/1012.htm   (1041 words)

 Echoes of Incense: Chapter 9
When Kobo Daishi was walking along the east coast of Shikoku, he met a fisherman leading a horse.
The goma hall at Saba Daishi is an octagonal chapel dedicated to Fudo, the deity most frequently invoked in Shingon goma services.
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echoes.bluemandala.com /09.html   (1630 words)

 Kukai   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Mount Koya also was synonymous with shudo (the way of the young, the samurai tradition of male love) in the literary tradition of Japan.
The title Kobo Daishi, 'Great teacher from Kobo', was granted posthumously.
The Beautiful Way of the Samurai, an essay on male love in Japan and Kobo Daishi's legendary role in its dissemination.
www.enlightenweb.net /k/ku/kukai.html   (576 words)

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Close to the stone marker 55 is the “Kesa gake ishi”, a stone where Kobo Daishi hung up his kesa.
When Kobo Daishi’s mother tried to cross the borderline to the sacred world a thunderstorm of fire rain started to fall.
Kobo Daishi lifted the rock to protect his mother, is told.
www.katuragi.or.jp /tyouisimiti/e-arubamu6.htm   (337 words)

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