Jingoji monastery, (in) Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, JP

Raw data

“Jingo-ji is one of the main temples of the Koyasan Shingon sect. The Buddhist temple is said to have been founded in 781 as one of five temples in Atago area and named Takaosan-ji. In 824, a statesman WAKE-no-Kiyomaro (733-799) brought another temple from present day Osaka Prefecture and merged it with the original temple. He named the combined temple Jingokokusoshingon-ji, that means "Shingon temple for divine protection of the country." Kukai (774-835), the founder of the Shingon sect, was assigned as the head priest. The temple gradually declined, until it was restored in the 16th century by TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi, and then by the TOKUGAWA family. A standing statue of the Buddhist divinity Yakushi Nyorai (a National Treasure) in the main Hall is one of many important cultural assets held by the temple.
The above information is based on that displayed in front of the temple by Kyoto City.”
- http://kyoto.asanoxn.com/places/takao/jingoji.htm

For details of buildings and treasures see “Jingo-ji” in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingo-ji

Input by: Lizbeth H. Piel, Jun 28, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Jingoji monastery, JP.

General location of the Jingoji monastery, JP.
lat=35.055017 long=135.670867
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Jingoji 神護寺. Alternative English spelling: Jingo-ji

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Japan: Kyoto Prefecture

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

  • Kyôtô-shi, Umegahata, Takao-chô

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Koyasan Shingon sect

11. Date-early

  • 781 - Uryû (2003: 229)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0767-99c - tmciolek 28 Apr 2013
  • 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 28 Apr 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • Jingoji was part of the Shingon Buddhist network centered on Koyasan

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Documents, architecture, artifacts

16. Additional notes

  • In November 812, Kûkai performed the diamond world ritual (kongô kai) at Jingoji with four persons. In December he performed the womb world ritual (taizô kai) with 194 monks –Takeuchi (2007: 60).

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