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2018/02/20

Sennin Kinko

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kinkoo sennin, Kinkô 琴高仙人 Kinko Sennin

Qin Gao from China 周代

Kinko, who lived beside a river and was a painter of fish.
One day a giant carp offered to take him for a ride into the realm of the immortals. He returned after a month, telling his followers never to kill another fish. He then jumped into the river, where he was transformed into a carp himself.
Kinko is usually shown reading a Taoist scroll while riding on the back of the magical fish.



. China - The Eight Immortals 八仙 Pa Hsien .

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on a roof tile



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春日神社 Kasuga Jinja, Aichi - 仙人の飾り瓦
愛知県高浜市春日町2丁目1番地8

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Courtesan Riding a Carp; Parody of the Immortal Qin Gao (Kinkô sennin)
女性見立琴高仙人
by Okumura Masanobu


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. Hanayama ningyo 花山人形 - 山形県 Yamagata .


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The Immortal Qin Gao, represented by Hinazuru of the Chôjiya, kamuro Tsuruji and Tsuruno (Kinkô, Chôjiya uchi Hinazuru, Tsuruji, Tsuruno),
from the series Eight Immortals in the Art of Love (Enchû hassen)
艶中八仙 琴高 丁子屋内 雛鶴 つるし つるの
By Kitagawa Utamaro I


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. sennin to netsuke 仙人と根付 Netsuke of Immortals .

. sennin 天狗と仙人伝説 Legends about Tengu and Immortals .

. sennin 仙人と伝説 Legends about Immortals .

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2018/02/19

Kikujido Chrysanthemum Boy

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Kiku Nyosen 菊女仙 female Chrysanthemum Sennin - see below
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kikujidoo, kiku jidoo 菊慈童 Kikujido "The Boy with Chrysanthemums"


source : pinterest.jp/pin... Cambridge University

A barrel-shaped container made of chyrsanthemum and hinged at the bottom Inside is the figure of Kikujido, a sennin (immortal being) who wrote the magic characters of longevity on chrysanthemum leaves

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「不老不死の薬となって七百歳を送りぬる。」
source : kanshou.com/...

Kikujido is a boy who appears in the song (Noh script), Makurajido (Jido and Pillow), who remained youthful even with the passing of 700 years after writing the lines of the Lotus Sutra graciously gifted to him by the Emperor on the leaves of a chrysanthemum, when the dew drops from the chrysanthemum became an elixir for immortality.
- with photo of a festival of Kikujido Kasaboko
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source : MFA Boston

菊慈童図 - the Chrysanthemum Boy
by Tsukioka Sessai (died in 1839)

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菊慈童図屏風 Kikujido Byobu portable screen


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The Kikujido (The Boy with the Chrysanthemums) kasaboko festival float
is from Miyano-machi, a former castle town of Yatsushiro Castle, and is the oldest of all the kasaboko.
Kikujido is a boy who appears in the song (Noh script), Makurajido 枕児童 (Jido and Pillow), who remained youthful even with the passing of 700 years after writing the lines of the Lotus Sutra graciously gifted to him by the Emperor on the leaves of a chrysanthemum, when the dew drops from the chrysanthemum became an elixir for immortality. This story represents people’s desire for immortality.
The name of Miyano-machi is derived from being a part of Monzen-machi, which was once in Myōken Shrine (Yatsushiro Shrine). Since it has a deep-rooted relationship with Myōken Shrine, the Kikujido kasaboko travels in front of the other kasaboko in the procession and is customarily always kept in the service of Myōken Shrine, regardless of the weather.
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Tsuba with design of Kikujido gathering chrysanthemums.

. tsuba 鍔 sword guard .

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Kiku Nyosen 菊女仙 female Chrysanthemum Sennin
also called 人菊女 or 阿菊 Agiku.
She is a mysterious 仙女 female Sennin (sometimes translated as "fairy").

She lived around 720.
Sometimes she came down from her mountain and could be seen at the waterfall at the 水晶渓 "Chrystal gorge".
She ate only the leaves and petals of chrysanthemums.
           

有田焼 萬仙窯 Aritayaki


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2018/02/18

Kumedera Kume Sennin

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Kumedera 久米寺 Kume-Dera, Nara


奈良県橿原市 / Nara Prefecture, Kashihara, Kumecho, 502

第7番 霊禅山 久米寺 Kumedera
Nr. 7 of the 49-temple pilgrimage dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai.
. 西国四十九薬師巡礼 Yakushi Nyorai in Western Japan .

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ema 絵馬 votive tablet of the founder, Kume Sennin



stone statue of Kume Sennin

久米寺は、畝傍山(うねびやま)の南に位置する仁和寺(にんなじ)別院の真言宗のお寺で、橿原神宮(かしはらじんぐう)の一の鳥居を南に入ってすぐのところにあります。
久米仙人伝説(くめせんにんでんせつ)
- Homepage of the temple
- source : city.kashihara.nara.jp/kankou




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. sennin 仙人と伝説 Legends about Immortals .



Kume no Sennin 久米の仙人
The Immortal Kume used to fly around in the sky, riding on clouds. Once he saw a beautiful woman doing the washing at a river and got quite exited and involved with her.
This was the reason why he lost his 神通力 supernatural powers.
Part of this 通 power stayed deep in the mountain and became akki 悪鬼 a bad demon, who was called 通鬼 Tsuki, Tsu-Oni. This wicked demon went to the village and bewitched boys, even making them ill and mentally confused.
He lived at the times of emperor 欽明天皇 Kinmei Tenno.

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Who is Kume Sennin?



..... Kume Sennin’s legend is recounted in classical works, such as Book 11:24 of Konjaku Monogotari (今昔物語集) a 12th century collection of Buddhist Parables, and Essay 8 of Tsuregurekusa (徒然草), a collection of thoughts on life by the Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenko (1283 – 1352).
The legend says
that Kume was traveling on his cloud when he suddenly noticed a young woman near a river washing her clothes. He curiously watched the woman and unexpectedly caught a glimpse of her white leg under her raised kimono.
Kume’s mind became filled with desire and he immediately lost the ability to fly. Heavy with lustful thoughts, Kume fell to the earth and crashed in front of the lady!
Smitten,
Kume chose to marry the maiden. They made love for many years and started a family. Yet one day Kume realized the error of his ways, repented and set off to achieve the ultimate goal of immortality all over again.
According to the legend,
Kume worked hard to redeem himself, regained his powers, and built (or inspired the building of) Kumedera Temple (久米寺)in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture. This temple dates back to the time of Prince Shotoku Taishi (574 – 622 AD) and still exists today.
This tells us that the Kume legend goes back at least 1,400 years.
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A Japanese ivory netsuke 20th century, signed Keiun finely carved as Peeping Tom Sennin, the cloud dwelling spirit of Kume, 4.5 cm long.
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Kume Sennin 久米仙人 Also written 粂仙人.
A legendary immortal often depicted in Edo period painting. According to legend recorded in KONJAKU MONOGATARI 今昔物語 (vol.11), Kume Sennin studied the special practices of the immortals at Ryuumonji 龍門寺 in Nara. Having learned how to fly, he flew one day over the Yoshino 吉野 river, and spotted a young woman washing laundry in the river. At the sight of the woman's white legs, he was so struck with passion that his supernatural powers failed him and he tumbled to the ground in front of the woman. This woman became his wife. Kume Sennin was then recruited to help build the capital at Takechi 高市 and was told to move lumber with his special powers. After eight days of intense training, he obtained the protection of Buddha and regaining his supernatural powers, flew the large quantity of wood to its destination in one swoop. For this deed, he received land in Kashihara 橿原 from the emperor, and here he founded Kumedera 久米寺. Pictorial representations of Kume Sennin usually depict him in the act of seeing the woman and tumbling from the sky.
A well known example is the folding screen by Soga Shouhaku 曾我蕭白 (1730-81) in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (dated 1759). In ukiyo-e 浮世絵 prints Kume Sennin often appeares dressed in the garb of a Chinese sage.
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Kume Sennin on a festival float
秋の高山祭

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. 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 Bhaisajyaguru - ABC .

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2018/02/10

Yakushi legends 07 Kyoto

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from 京都 Kyoto 


勝持寺 Shoo-Ji - お薬摘む薬師
(西国四十九薬師巡礼 Nr. 42)

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. Inaba Yakushi 因幡薬師 Yakushi from Inaba .
Byoodooji 平等寺 Byodo-Ji - 五条高倉薬師堂 Gojo Takakura Yakushi Do .
Medicine Master Buddha: The Iconic Worship of Yakushi in Heian Japan


. Tako Yakushi 蛸薬師 Octopus Yakushi .
Temple 永福寺 Eifuku-Ji
京都市中京区新京極蛸薬師東側町503


京都十二薬師霊場 / 洛陽十二薬師
. Pilgrimage to 12 Yakushi Temples in Kyoto .

kuwagata Yakushi 鍬形薬師 Yakushi with a cut of a hoe
temple 大超寺 Daicho-Ji


The statue was found by a farmer plowing his fields, it shows the impression of his kuwa 鍬 hoe on the back.


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kane no oto 鐘の音 the sound of the bell
Near the 火葬場 crematory there was a 薬師堂 Yakushi Do Hall. People say there were a lot of gold coins buried there. In a quiet night the sound of a bell was heard from below the Yakushi hall.


kuruma-kaeshi no O-Yakushi san 車返のお薬師さん Yakushi stopped the transport
On orders of the Kamakura government a very precious statue of Yakushi was to be brought to 奥州平泉 Hiraizumi. But on the way at 白糸 Shiraito the cr with the statue on it could not be moved any more. So the people thought that Yakushi had chosen this place for himself and built a hall there to venerate him.

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tsuchinoko hebi 槌の子蛇 hammerspawn
Hammerspawns had been sighted at various spots in Kyoto:
In Northern Kyoto, 雲ケ畑 Kumogabata at the 薬師峠 Yakushi pass, at 沢の池 Sawanoike, at 老ノ坂峠 Oinosaka Pass
. at 京都清滝不動院 Kiyotaki Fudo-In .


Yakushi Tooge 薬師峠 Yakushi Toge pass

. tsuchinoko 槌の子 hammerspawn .
a legendary snake-like cryptid from Japan

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亀岡市 Kameoka

Yakushido no kane 薬師堂の鐘 the bell of the Yakushi Do Hall
When villagers buried the bell of the Yakushi Do Hall at the upper waterfall of the river 蛇谷川 Jadanigawa, it begun to rain immediately and the drought was over.


Yakushi Butsuzoo 薬師,仏像
About 200 years ago, during a flooding, a buddha statue came floating down the river. People thought it was Yakushi and venerated it.
Most people in the village stayed healthy after that.


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中京区 Nakagyo

. tengu no tsume 天狗の爪 nails of a Tengu .
shown at Temple 丹州国分寺 Kokubun-Ji


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南丹市 Nantan

薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai
If people make a wish for healing at the Yakushi Do Hall at the temple 成就院 Joju-In, people hard of hearing will certainly be healed. To show their gratitude, they have to make an offering. They must find a stone with a hole, place a thread or a mizuhiki 水引 ceremonial paper cord around it and offer it.


kyuuri kaji 胡瓜加持 ritual for cucumber purification, cucumber blessing
At the Yakushi Do Hall people come to get a purified cucumber, take it home and each member of the family has to take a bite. The rest will be buried under the beams of the house to prevent people from getting ill during the year.



. kyuuri fuuji きゅうり封じ / 胡瓜封じ cucumber ritual .


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与謝郡 Yosa district 野田川町 Nodagawa

. muchi yakushi 鞭薬師 "whip Yakushi" .
麻呂子親王 Prince Maroko Shinno carved seven statues of Yakushi Nyorai ...



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- - - - - Legends from other prefectures, related to Kyoto

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Aichi 愛知県 / 名古屋市 Nagoya 熱田区 Atsuta

. 大薬師の鬼祭 "Festival of the Demons of Yakushi Nyorai" .
高蔵不動院 Takakura Fudo-In


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Shimane 島根県 / 邇摩郡 Nima district

. Yakushi no men 薬師の面 mask of Yakushi .
at the tempel 山田寺 Yamadadera


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Wakayama 和歌山県 / 日高郡 Hidaka district みなべ町 Manabe

O-Ryuu Yanagi おりゅう柳 The Willow Tree O-Ryu
. Sanjusan Gendo Hall and 柳のお加持 "Rite of the Willow" .
and the legend of O-Ryu.

A willow tree from 熊野川町 Kumanogawa village had been cut down and should be shipped to Kyoto for the building of the Sanjusan Gendo Hall.
The tree was very large and could not float down the river smoothly. There appeared the spirit of a woman and helped pulling the tree downriver. But the place where the tree had been cut was now cursed
and the villagers venerated 十二薬師 12 Yakushi statues there.

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Tooji 東寺 To-Ji - Yakushi Do Hall


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- - - - - More temples with statues of Yakushi Nyorai in Kyoto

一様院 Ichiyo-In, 大宮薬師山東町16

神護寺 Jingo-Ji, 高雄山 Takao-San

教王護国寺 Kyoo-O Gokoku-Ji

来迎院 Raigo-In

三宝院 Sanbo-In, 醍醐寺 Daigo-Ji 塔頭 三宝院

- reference source : yaokami.jp/kyoto -

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2018/02/09

Yakushi legends 06 Kagawa to Kochi

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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and
legends from Kagawa 香川県 / Kanagawa 神奈川県 / Kochi 高知県


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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Kagawa 香川県

kubikire uma クビキレウマ horse with the head cut off
This Yokai horse makes a sound like shango-shango シャンゴシャンゴ and is also called
shango-shango uma シャンゴシャンゴウマ.
It is often seen at a nawa-suji ナワスジ road where Yokai pass along.
Once a man stayed at the Yakushi Do hall near the lake. When he had to go out for a pee at night, he saw a small horse that grew larger and larger. When he had to bend his head to look up to it, it suddenly disappeared. Then another small horse showed up and the man got so afraid, he run away for his dear life!

. kubikire Yokai legend from Tokushima 徳島県 .
This Headless Horse Yokai is well known in many parts of Japan.

. madoo 魔道 - まどう Mado, road where monsters pass .
ma no toorimichi 魔の通り道 / masuji, ma-suji 魔筋 //mamono no toorimichi 魔物の通り道
nawasuji, nawa-suji 縄筋

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三豊郡 Mitoyo district 詫間町 Takuma

If a woman wants to help her ill husband or child or has another wish she needs to have fulfilled urgently, she goes to the 薬師堂 Yakushi Do hall, cuts her hair and gives it as an offering.

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仲多度郡 Naka Tado district まんのう町 Manno village

chichi Yakushi 乳薬師 Yakushi and the breast
There is a Yakushi statue carved by Gyoki Bosatsu. Women who do not have enough milk to feed their babies come here to pray. And if all went well and the child is healthy, mothers bring a small replica of a breast in gratitude.


source : ameblo.jp/kushihiko

There is another shopping street and 薬師堂 Yakushi Do Hall nearby.
「乳薬師」交流拠点に-赤門筋商店街
「赤門七佛薬師堂」 - 香川県善通寺市善通寺町


source : www.shikoku-np.co.jp




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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Kanagawa 神奈川県



日向薬師 Hinata Yakushi Temple, Isegahara
Founded in 716 by Gyoki Bosatsu.

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江ノ島 Enoshima

The 江ノ島の薬師堂 Yakushi Hall has been built by 日詰五郎俊衡 Hizume Goro Toshihira.
This Yakushi does not like dogs and cocks. If anyone would keep them as pets, the whole island would suffer. Lately a young person did not follow the old sayings and kept some, but he soon suffered great difficulties.

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川崎市 Kawasaki 中原区 Nakahara

yoogooseki ヨウゴウセキ 影向石 Yogoseki Stone with Yakushi Image
(Eigoseki, Yogoishi)
In the year 739 天平11年, 光明皇后 Emperess Komyo became ill. Her husband, Shomu Tenno 聖武天皇 (701 – 756) had a dream one night: A monk came to his bedside and told him, the village of Tachibana in Musashi no Kuni 武蔵国橘 (now Kanagawa) there was a sacred spot with a sacred stone where people prayed to a statue of Yakushi Nyorai to be cured.
The emperor sent Saint Gyoki Bosatsu to pray there - and - the Empress was cured.
Later there were more stories about people being cured there.



One year later he ordered a temple being built there, Yoogooji 影向寺 Yogo-Ji
威徳山月光院影向寺 / 川崎市宮前区野川419 - 419 Nogawa, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki
- Homepage of the temple
- source : yougouji.org

. Empress Komyo 光明皇后 Komyo Kogo .
(701 - 760)



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Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 and legends from Kochi 高知県 - Tosa 土佐



清滝寺 Kiyotaki-Ji
Takaoka, Tosa, Kōchi

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. O-Fudo sama from Takaoka 高岡の不動明王.
Fudo Myo-O stands next to his friend, Yakushi Nyorai.

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長岡郡 Nagaoka district 西豊永村 Nishi-Toyonaga

tsue 杖 walking staff
When Gyoki Bosatsu came to the Yakushi Do Hall in Nishi-Toyonaga on his way to climb the mountain,
he planted his walking staff into the ground. It grew larger and larger into a tree and is called
sakasa sugi 逆さ杉 / 逆杉 upside-down cedar tree

. Gyooki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu .
(668 - 749)

. sakasa sugi 逆さ杉 from Aomori .
sacred to 山の神 Yamanokami and 狗賓 Guhin.


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. Yakushi Nyorai Pilgrimages 薬師霊場巡り - Introduction .


. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

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Juni Kobutsu Amida

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juuni koobutsu 十二光仏 / 十二光佛 Juni Kobutsu - 12 Buddhas of Light

. juunisama, jūni sama 十二様 Juni Sama "Honorable 12" deities .
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. Amida Nyorai 阿弥陀如来 - Introduction .


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Jūni Kōbutsu 十二光佛, Twelve Buddhas of Light, 12 Ephithets of Amida
as given in the Larger Sūtra of Immeasurable Life (Muryōjukyō 無量壽經), they are:
immeasurable, boundless, irresistible, incomparable, flaming, pure, joy, wisdom, uninterrupted, difficult to conceive, ineffable, surpassing sun and moon.
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- source : rokumeibunko . com : 十二光仏 -

These 12 Buddhas can also be found on the halo of some Amida statues.


無量光仏(むりょうこうぶつ)Muryo Kobutsu - immeasurable



無辺光仏(むへんこうぶつ) Muhen Kobutsu - boundless



無碍光仏(むげこうぶつ) Muge Kobutsu - irresistible



無対光仏(むたいこうぶつ) Mutai Kobutsu - incomparable



炎王光仏(えんのうこうぶつ) Enno Kobutsu - flaming



清浄光仏(しょうじょうこうぶつ) Shoju Kobutsu - pure



歓喜光仏(かんぎこうぶつ) Kangi Kobutsu - joy



智慧光仏(ちえこうぶつ)Chie Kobutsu - wisdom



不断光仏(ふだんこうぶつ)Fudan Kobutsu - uninterrupted



難思光仏(なんじこうぶつ) Nanji Kobutsu - difficult to conceive



無称光仏(むしょうこうぶつ) Musho Kobutsu - ineffable



超日月光仏(ちょうにちがっこうぶつ)Cho Nichigakkobutsu - surpassing sun and moon


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- reference source : fo.sina.com.cn 十二光如来画像 -
十二光如来 Juniko Nyorai


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