満明寺 釈迦大仏Image
満明寺 釈迦大仏Image
満明寺 釈迦大仏Image
満明寺 釈迦大仏Image
満明寺 釈迦大仏Image
満明寺 釈迦大仏Image
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黄金大仏と雲仙山八十八カ所巡り

満明寺 釈迦大仏

長崎県雲仙市
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参道階段を上ると、境内奥に釈迦堂が見えてきます。
 内部には黄金色の釈迦大仏が鎮座されています。また境内には、15分ほどでゆっくり巡れる雲仙山八十八カ所巡りの祈願・遍路もあります。
 釈迦堂に鎮座される釈迦大仏は、明治30年に起こった火事で釈迦堂とともに一度焼失しています。
しかしその後、檀家を中心に募金を募り、5年の年月をかけて京都で彫刻しその姿を取り戻しました。
高さ約5m、奈良の大仏様の3分の1の大きさです。昭和35年に修復され、現在は5層の金箔で覆われています。
 また境内にある雲仙山八十八カ所巡りのお地蔵様の内部には、弘法大師・空海で有名な「四国の八十八箇所巡礼」の寺院の土が埋めてあり、ここ雲仙においても15分ほどのお遍路を経験され、願い事の祈願・結願(けちがん)することができます。
八十八体の仏像、1つ1つのお顔を拝見しながら祈願・遍路をすると、やがて、本堂横に戻ってくることができます。

★ 英語バーション
 Go toward the temple’s main hall. Inside is an imposing yet peaceful 5-meter-tall statue of Shakyamuni, the historic Buddha on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. This is just one of many daibutsu, or large statues of Buddha, located across Japan.
 Not long after the introduction of Buddhism to Japan, the wandering monk Gyōki came to Unzen and established a Buddhist temple on the mountain in 701. While the temple buildings and the other temples that built later were destroyed when Shimabara became a Christian domain in the late sixteenth century, Manmyōji is in direct lineage of that first temple.
 This statue was built in Kyoto, then reassembled here in 1914 after the temple’s original statue was destroyed. In fact, Manmyōji has been destroyed many times across Unzen’s long history of religious unrest. The statue is made of wood and specially covered in an incredible five layers of pure gold leaf—a single layer would soon begin to lose its color from the sulfur in the air.
 Go back outside and follow the path into the nearby forest. Here, you can spend some time walking a miniature version of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage of Shikoku. On the island of Shikoku, there are 88 temples associated with the famous monk Kūkai. Temple pilgrimages were a popular way to earn karmic merit and a good excuse to travel, but Edo-period (1603–1868) travel restrictions often presented a barrier. For those who could not make it to Shikoku (or spend two months walking), several symbolic pilgrimages were established across Japan and still see traffic today.
 Each of the 88 statues has a unique face and a small amount of soil from the temple it represents buried at its base.

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