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JAPAN 05_KOYASAN_Buddhist Monastery

 

 

  We stayed at a Shingon Buddhist monastery in Koyasan. At 6:00 AM, the head priest lights bundles of sticks with the intention of the fire "burning all sins out," or symbolically "burning worldly attachments."  

 

While the fire is burning, the monks recite holy verses. The candlelit temple had a very low ceiling which made the sounds of the chanting reverberate through the air.

 

 

   

The Shingon school uses Sutras, Mudras, & Mandalas in their quest
to follow the teachings of Buddha. (this is an example of the influence
Hinduism had on Buddhism)

   

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