Amida-ji Temple (Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City) (阿弥陀寺 (京都市左京区))

Amida-ji Temple is a temple belonging to the Chinzei school of the Pure Land Sect located in Kochidani in the northern part of Ohara, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The sango (literally, "mountain name"), which is the title prefixed to the name of a Buddhist temple, is Komyosan and the ingo, a title given to a Buddhist temple, is Hokoku-in.

History

The temple was founded as a Nenbutsu seminary by Priest Tansei in 1609.

On May 23, 1613, Tansei underwent sokushinbutsu (the practice causing one's own deaths in a way that results in mummification) in a cave beside the main hall. His remains were later placed inside a stone coffin which was housed within a stone mausoleum next to the main hall. The temple came to be referred to as 'Tanseibutsu Ichiryu-honzan' as the founding priest Tansei serves as the principal image (a statue with implanted hair).

On February 4, 1721, Chozen, a Nenbutsu practitioner from Omi Province who made the respectful visit to the temple in order to follow the founder Tansei's virtuous personality, also died by sokushinbutsu.

Cultural properties

Principal image: A statue with implanted hair said to have been crafted by Temple founder Tansei.

Seated statue of Amida Nyorai: Crafted during the Kamakura period
An Important Cultural Property.

Building

Sanmon gate: A Chinese style gate

Main gate

Priest's Tansei's stone mausoleum

Zuiunkaku teahouse

Jisso no taki waterfall

Kochidani maple tree: An 800 year old tree designated a natural monument by Kyoto City.

Homotsu-kan (treasure hall)

Address

83 Kochihiracho, Ohara, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

Access

Take the Kyoto Bus route 19 'for Ohara, Kodeishi' from 'Kokusai Kaikan mae Station' on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line for approximately 25 minutes to 'Kochidani-dera mae' bus stop and walk for approximately 15 minutes.