Posted by: biebes | December 13, 2009

19.11.2009 Kyoto – Koya-san (Mount Koya)

Shingon Buddhism
Again this morning our luggage was divided and the bulkiest part sent to Osaka. A lady met us at 8:10 to take us as far as where the train left to Koya-san. Cable car up to Mount Koya and bus to our “temple hotel” Fukuchin, called a shukubo (temple stay). It was very cold but we walked through the Okunoin forest cemetery to the Mausoleum of Kobo Daishi. Kobo Daishi (Kukai) was a renowned monk who established Shingon Buddhism during the Heian era. In 835, he entered into eternal meditation and in the year of 921 he was given the posthumous name of Kobo Daishi by Emperor Daigo. We still visited two other temple areas but eventually found somewhere to drink a hot tea with some sweets. Our vegetarian dinner in our temple hotel was delicious and served as room service. We took advantage of the Onsen (hot springs) in the temple and went to bed this time with 2 futons which was much more comfortable.

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