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 Post subject: who dat?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:20 pm 
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okay peeps, on my sojourns around Kyushu mainly, i often bump into bodhisattvas, Dharma protectors and monks and masters whom i haven't got the foggiest how to address. :shrug: ...here's where you come in....

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about all i can tell you here is that this was a Shingon temple in Miyajima, can't remember the name though

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this fella was stood outside Kokura castle, next to Jizo and a small Inari shrine

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Sofukuji temple, Nagasaki

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as above.

any help duly appreciated chaps, and i'll update as and when. cheers :smile:

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 Post subject: Re: who dat?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:08 pm 
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about all i can tell you here is that this was a Shingon temple in Miyajima, can't remember the name though

Since you mention Shingon, probably Kobo Daishi/Kukai? Is there a vajra in his right hand?
Normally rupas depicting him carrying a vajra whilst seated but the amount of wrist malas on the statue's hand in the photo is obscuring...

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this fella was stood outside Kokura castle, next to Jizo and a small Inari shrine
Looks like Batō Kannon 馬頭觀音 Hayagriva Vidyaraja or Hayagriva Avalokitesvara or Horse Head Avalokitesvara (notice the horse head/face on top of the statue head)

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Sofukuji temple, Nagasaki

Ah! the central statue is the familiar and famed Dharma Protector Skanda Bodhisattva (J: 韋駄天 Idaten or Ch: 韋馱 Wéi Tuó) honoured mostly in East Asian Mahayana Traditions. He is mentioned in the Golden Light Sutra and a brief mention of his name as Sanankumara (Skt: Sanatkumara) in Maha Samaya Sutta. Also popular in Saivaite Hinduism as a youthful warrior son of Shiva and ascetic practices, in South India, especially amongst the Tamils. No idea on the other statues other than an obvious statue of Hotei?

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Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva with Sudhana (Good Wealth) and the Dragon Girl (Nagakumari?)

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 Post subject: Re: who dat?
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many thanks plwk, greatly appreciate you filling me in. hopefully during my time here i'll learn what to look for in order to recognise who's who!

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Since you mention Shingon, probably Kobo Daishi/Kukai? Is there a vajra in his right hand?
Normally rupas depicting him carrying a vajra whilst seated but the amount of wrist malas on the statue's hand in the photo is obscuring...


i did wonder, and i think that sounds about right. i vaguely recall reading some blurb about a Kukai connection to one of the temples too.

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Thus for the sake of all beings Buddhas and Bodhisattvas become sometimes their parents, sometimes their wives and children, sometimes their kinsmen, sometimes their servants, sometimes their friends, sometimes their enemies, sometimes reveal themselves as devas or in some other forms.


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