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Myoken Bodhisattva image

History of Myoken Bodhisattva in Jojakko-ji Temple

The Myoken Bodhisattva is an incarnation of the Polestar or the Big Dipper; it is thus called Sacred Star King (Myoken Sonjo-o) or North-pole Myoken Bodhisattva (Hokushin Myoken Bosatsu).
The “Dhāraṇī Jinju Sutra Preached by Seven Buddhas and Eight Bodhisattvas, Part 2” expounds that the Myoken Bodhisattva is the most eminent among all revered figures, and is thus regarded as a Sonjo, or sacred star, that protects the whole country. The sacred star is further said to vanquish death, enhance vital forces and increase one’s balance-sheet of happiness.

  • Jojakko-ji Temple
  • An impression of Jojakko-ji Temple
  • Main Gate
  • Niomon Gate
  • Myoken Bodhisattva
  • Main Hall
  • Tahoto Pagoda
  • Old Shigure-tei Site

Illustration: Nakarai Hiroshi
Translation: Steiner Translation Bureau

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