雪降る季節 Snowfall Zen Temple

雪降る季節


昔から盆地で寒いと言われている京都市内ですが、雪景色に出会う機会は稀です。特に観光地であるので国内国外からの観光客は降雪によって交通手段を失う可能性もあります。
いつも賑やかな東山界隈ですが、雪景色の時は参拝者も少なくなっています。逆に冬期は特別公開している神社仏閣も多いのでゆっくりと文化財をみながら市内を散策するには適しています。場所によっては貴重な文化財を一人だけで独占しているような感じにもなれます。

東福寺塔頭 毘沙門堂 勝林寺
公式ホームページによれば~臨済宗大本山東福寺は、嘉禎二年(1236)に関白九條道家の発願により、藤原氏の氏寺として栄えていた法性寺内に伽藍を建立したことに始まる。東福寺の寺名は、東大寺・興福寺の奈良の二大寺から一字ずつ取ったもので、二十年近くの年月をかけ京都最大の大伽藍を造営し、開山に聖一国師(円爾弁円)を迎えた。その後相次ぐ火災のため、初期の伽藍の大部分を焼失するも、そのたびに見事な復興を遂げ、京都五山列せられるに相応しい名刹となった。勝林寺は東福寺の塔頭寺院の一つで、天文十九年(1550)に東福寺第二百五世住持であった「高岳令松」禅師によって、勝林庵として創建された。本山東福寺の鬼門(北方)に位置し仏法と北方を守護するところから、「東福寺の毘沙門天」と呼ばれている。~とあります。
ご住職の宇野様は芸術に深い造詣があり、このお寺の庭園は禅の心を表しているだけでなく美しくて芸術的です。ご本尊毘沙門天立像を含む仏像は秘仏で年に数回行かれる特別拝観の際しか参拝できません。
平成30年(2018年)1月1日~3日(各10:00~16:00)特別拝観が行われていますので是非お出かけください。

勝林寺 ホームページ: http://shourin-ji.org/


Snowfall Zen Temple


They say that it is very cold, because Kyoto is a basin, but it is very few snowfall. Of course, it is famous tourist site in the world, so that when it snows, the tourists lose transportation, maybe.
Always, many people come to Higashiyama, Kyoto-city, but there are very few people in winter. And some famous shrine and temple are held the cultural assets special viewing in winter. If you come, you can be exclusive feeling.

Shourin-ji Temple
From the official homepage, Tofukuji, established in 1236, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Kyoto and the head temple of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. Shourin-ji was founded as a sub-temple of Tofukuji in 1550 at the request of Kogaku Reisho, the 205th head priest of Tofukuji.
A master of this Buddhist priest of this temple is very interested in the art, so his Japanese garden is not only based on the Zen, but also that is beautiful and artistic. If you come this temple, you can be many temple experiences, ex. Zazen, Sutra and Buddha image copying etc. At throughout the year, groups of 8 or more people can view the concealed Bishamonten statue by appointment, this is what amazing experience for you.
The standing statue of Bishamonten Heian Period (794-1159), Height 145.7cm, as the main temple treasure.
One of the Four Heavenly Kings in Buddhism, Bishamonten has been revered as the God of Wealth and Victory since ancient times. This statue was found during the Edo Period (1603-1868) concealed above the ceiling of Tofukuji’s main hall, and it was subsequently ensconced in Shourin-ji. Worshipers pray to Bishamonten for prosperity, triumph, and protection against evil. This Buddhist statue is ordinarily closed to the public, except at New Year, and in spring (April during cherry blossom season) and fall (mid-November to early December).
If you visit during special viewing days (January 1-3 2018), you can watch that with temple treasures.

Shourinji Temple HP: http://shourin-ji.org/english/

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