Vajrayanistic Statues::To-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan::
Vajrayanistic Statues
Memorial Wall::To-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan::
Memorial Wall
Yakushi Trinity::To-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan::
Yakushi Trinity

To-ji was one of two guardian temples of former Japan's capital. Built in 794, To-ji became central seminary of Esoteric Buddhism. Today, it retains its original layout and architecture style. Temple is known for a large number of treasures.

Five-tiered pagoda of To-ji is a symbol of Kyoto. It is the highest pagoda in Japan, measuring 57 m/ 187 ft. Struck by lightning it burned down four times. The present pagoda was built in 1644.

Myo-o::To-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan::
Bodhisattvas::To-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan::
Myo-o with Sword::To-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan::
Myo-o with Sword

Kondo (Main Hall) in To-ji, rebuilt after fire in 1603 houses the statues of the Yakushi Trinity: Yakushi-nyorai and his two attendants, Nikko and Gakko Bosatsu.

Kodo (Lecture Hall) was reconstructed many times after earthquakes, fires, and typhoons. Retaining its original appearance this hall houses twenty-one Buddhist statues brought from China. They stand in formation of the Karman Mandala. Unlike the usual arrangement of figures in ordinary Buddhism, this one has a meaning of Esoteric Buddhism.

© 2001 Maciej Swulinski