Ôkuboji monastery, (towards) Nagao, Kagawa Prefecture, JP

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Ôkubo-ji is the 88th temple of the Shikoku pilgrimage of 88 temples on the island of Shikoku, Japan. Said to have been founded by Gyôki bodhisattva in 717, it was visited by Kukai, founder of Japanese Shingon Buddhism, who in 815 enshrined a statue of the healing Buddha Yakushi (Bhaisajya), which he carved in a hall near a rock cavern in the inner sanctuary, where he had performed the esoteric Gumonjihô rite to improve memory.

The original precincts was large with over 100 halls, and women were permitted to enter, but the monastery’s prosperity declined after a fire. A lord of the Matsudaira clan had it restored sometime between 1688 and 1704, but it burned down again in 1900. The current buildings date to the 20th century, including the 2-story pagoda, which houses the Yakushi statue.

-Tamamuro (1992: 77)
-“Ookuboji,” in Zenkoku kaiun jinja bukkaku 全国開運神社仏閣ガイド (2004-2005) http://www.kaiun-goriyaku.com/39t-022.htm
-“Ookuboji,” in Shikoku henro no izanai 四国遍路のいざない (2007) http://henro88net/220sanuki/ookuboji.html

Src: JPN

Input by: Lizbeth H. Piel, Sep 12, 2009

Okuboji Temple, 98 Tawa, Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture 769-2306
Input by: tmciolek, Dec 4, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 30 Jan 2014

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 Okubo-ji monastery, JP.

General location of the Okubo-ji monastery, JP.
lat=34.1913 long=134.206
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Ôkuboji 大窪路. Alternative English spelling: Ôkubo-ji; Ookuboji

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Japan: Kagawa prefecture

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Iôzan Ôkubo-ji

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 34.1913 Long 134.206 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmc, 2 Jan 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • Nagaoji, Shidoji

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

  • Nagao-chô (town), in Sanuki-shi (city), in Ôkawa-gun (district). Nagao-chô was created in 1915. Two villages, Tawa-mura and Zôta-mura, became part of the town in 1955-6. In 2002, Nagao-chô and four other towns merged to form the new city of Sanuki.

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Shingon sect (Chinese: Zhenyan)

11. Date-early

  • 717 -Tamamuro (1992: 77)

MBM chrono-tag: 0700-32c - tmciolek 30 Jan 2014
0700-32c 0733-66c 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

  • 815 AD - Tamamuro (1992: 77)

13. Date-late

  • 1900 - Tamamuro (1992: 77)

MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 30 Jan 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • Ôkubo-ji is one of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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