Tokoji Temple

The temple where Emperor Saga offered his prayers

Koyasan Shingon Sect

 

No 20th Western Japan Medicine Buddha pilgrimage site

No 2nd Western Japan 17 Aizen pilgrimage site

No 76th of 88 Settu regional pilgrimage site

 

Good fortune by subduing misfortunes

Safety for the household

Good health

Safe driving (we offer blessings for your automobiles)

Fulfillment of onefs wishes

 

Our temple services, including prayers of subduing misfortunes, have long been said to be very beneficial.  Many worshippers have visited the temple since ancient times.

Yakujin Myoo ( a hidden statue) is enshrined in the Yakujin Hall.  The dedication of incense has never been ceased.

 

Access

By train

Get off at Mondoyakujin station of Hankyu Imazu line, walk 700m to the northwest.

OR  -  Get off at Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station, take a taxi.

 

By car

Take route 117 from route 43 or route 171, drive north about 300m

60 ordinary car free parking spaces are available in temple parking lot.

Motor couches are requested reservation in advance.

Please refrain from coming by car during January and February

 

Mondo Yakujin Temple – The sacred Yokujin Myoo statue and the origins of Mondo Yakujin Temple.

Mondo Yakujin Temple was established by Kobodaishi.  The Buddha of Medicine is enshrined as the main Buddha of worship. The origin of the name of the temple, Tokoji ( Eastern Light Temple), was derived from the Paradise of the Buddha of Medicine, from where light emits in the direction of east. However, the temple is popularly called  Mondo Yakujin, because the temple has been famous for the benevolence of Yakujin Buddha, who drives away  evils.

 

The Buddha of Medicine, called the Three Yakujin Myoo ( two-headed Aizen myoo), enshrined in the temple is said one of the three greatest of its kind. One of these three was carved for the wish of peace of the nation and was later enshrined at Amano Tenjin, at the foot of Mt. Koya. The second was at Iwashimizu Hachimanngu Shrine (in Kyoto), for the wish of prosperity of the royal family. The third was enshrined at our temple, Toko-ji temple, which was located in Settu province and was for the wish of the protection of common people. However, the only existing statue among these three Yakujin Myoo remains in Toko-ji Temple.

 

The legend goes like this: in 829 when the Emperor Saga was forty one years of age, he had a dream of integration of two Buddhist images, Aizen Myoo and Fudo Myoo, that perished all the evils of the nation. When Kobodaishi ( founder of the sect) heard this story from the emperor, he carved out the image of Buddha using white sandal wood, imitating the image that the emperor described that he saw in his dream. The right side of the image represents Aizen Myoo, whose power is not only purification of any sort of attachments from where sufferings are originated, but also the great compassion. The left side of the image symbolizes Fudo Myoo, whose miraculous power burns and binds up both the seen evils and the unseen desires in onefs mind. Thus Yakujin Myoo is the Buddhist image whose power  both destroys all misfortunes and grants good fortunes, safe household, good health, prosperity and fulfillment of onefs wishes.

 

Yaku (misfortune) is the wisdom of ancestors to address the turning points of our life.

gYakuh means misfortune in the Japanese language and represents suffering and disaster. When our life is observed, we see certain turning points that result in a variety of physical, mental and social changes.

 

At the same time, it gives us an opportunity to recharge life energy, to prepare for further development, and to reflect on what we have done in the past with mental composure. Taking this into account, the idea of Yaku (misfortune) (age?) is the wisdom our ancestors intuited. Yaku (age?) gives us a chance to reflect back on the life we have lead in the past.

 

Services for Yaku (misfortune) destruction

How to offer your prayers in order to lead a safe life and gain peace of mind:

Tokoji temple offer services at your request.

The contents of the services: the wish of good fortune, safe household, good health, safe driving, and any other wishes.

Open hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

The prayers are valid for a year. Annual prayers can be requested.

 

In the temple enclosure

In the Hall of the Buddha of Medicine the main image is enshrined. The image is dubbed gOyakushi-san.h

The Buddha of Medicine is well-known for his own great vow: recovery from all sorts of illness and peace of mind shall be granted to those who chant his name.  The Buddha of Medicine was popularly called as the Great king of Benevolant Art.

 

Yakujin Hall

One of the three great Yakujin Buddhas is enshrined in this hall. The temple offers prayers everyday for the sake of worshippers.

 

Fudo Hall (Fire burning ceremony hall)

This Hall dedicated to Fudo Myoo. Fudo literally means the unwavering state of enlightenment. The ferocious countenance of its face represents his dynamic salvation method to save beings from evils by his force. The fire burning ritual is conducted in this hall.

 

Daikoku Hall and Aizen Hall

In this hall the two statues of Buddha are enshrined.

Daikoku with his happy face represents wealth.  The kitchen is a common place to enshrine this statue. Daikoku is one of the seven gods of treasures. The statue in the temple wears a hat in a shape of a lotus leaf and stands on a lotus pedestal.  The statue of Aizen is painted in red in order to symbolize love and affection. It represents binding good ties in any relationship. The statue portrays the enlightenment that can be attained in the state of worldly-desires that always are working in mind.

 

Hall of Priest Kobo

The hall is attributed to the founder of Esoteric sect, the Priest Kobo.

 

Priest Kobo and Eighty-eight places of pilgrimage

The sands collected from the eighty-eight pilgrimage places in Shikoku region are laid on the floor so that worshippers feel as if they could visit the actual eighty-eight places in the pilgrimage. Buddhist statues are enshrined in the hall.

 

 

Annual Events

Every 19th day of each month

19th of each month is the monthly festival day of the enshrined Buddha, Yakujinn Myoo.

The worshippers are treated with a set of tea and a cake.

 

January 1st

New Yearfs Day (New Yearfs Service)

 

January 18th and 19th

The grand ceremony and fire burning service are conducted in front of Buddha, Yakujin

Hundreds of thousands of worshippers, regardless of age and sex, visit the temple.

 

February 3rd (Star Festival, Bean throwing festival)

Since olden times, we believe that our life is governed by the movement of stars and that we are trapped in trouble when evil stars fall on our fate. A special ceremony is offered to the Buddha of Stars for wishing the driving away of evils and for inviting happiness and longevity.

 

April 13th  (Festival for children  thirteen years of age)

A special service is dedicated on this day for the wish of the healthy growth of children who have reached the age of thirteen (according to the Lunar Calendar).

Application of this service is accepted until the end of April.   (?????)

 

April 19th (Spring Festival)

Services reciting sutras and a fire-burning ceremony are performed.

 

August 19th (Summer Festival)

A variety of events and shows are provided for the enjoyment of worshippers.

 

October 19th (Autumn Festival)

Services reciting sutras and a fire-burning ceremony are performed.

 

November 15th (Childrenfs Festival)

Children  three, five and seven years of age receive blessings for their healthy growth in the temple.

Application for this service is accepted until the end of November.  (?????)

 

November 19th (Memorial Service for the used dolls)

Worn-out dolls given to the temple are burned with gratitude.

Application for this service is accepted from March 1st through November 19th (morning hours only on November 19th).

 

December 19th (The Year-end Festival)

Services for  gratitude of the whole year at the year end.

 

Daikokuten Festival (Every Kinoe-no-ne Day according to the lunar calendar)

Services for the wish of good fortune and prosperity

 

Pictures

A large mass of worshippers fills the temple ground.

 

Below the main gate is the 42 flares (????) of steps, the number that is followed after the age that men are likely to fall in misfortune at the age of forty-two. (???) Before the middle gate is the 33 flares of steps, the number applied to the women who are susceptable to be trapped by misfortunes at the age of thirty-three. (???) When the worshippers use the steps, they are believed to drop off their misfortunes.

 

Chart

Chart of the ages of misfortune for men and women

Great yaku:  men      25. 41. 42. 43.

                     :women   19.32.33.34. 37. 61

minor yaku  :both men and women 1.3.5.7.10. 13. 24. 49. 52..55.60. 64.73.82.85.91

 

(The ages described here are counted by the lunar calendar, which means a baby at birth is one year old and gains one year of age at each New Yearfs. In short, you must add one year to the year calculated by the solar calendar.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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