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  • Koyasan Candle Festival

    Mandōkuyō-e 萬燈供養会 Candle Festival When: August 13th Where: Okunoin, Koyasan The Candle Festival, formally known as the Mandōkuyō-e 萬燈供養会, memorializes the spirits of the ancestors with worshippers adorning a sacred road from Ichinobashi to Okunoin with candles. Mandō 萬燈 (also… Read More ›

  • About Mikkyō

    Mikkyō 密教 is the Japanese word for Esoteric Buddhism as it is practiced in Japan, and generally refers to the Shingon Buddhist sect 真言宗, which was founded in the early 9th century by the polymath Kūkai, popularly known as Kobo Daishi, and which… Read More ›

  • Foundational texts

    The five principle sutras of Mikkyo are collectively called the “Esoteric Sutras of the Five Buddha Groups” (五部の秘経 gobu-no-hikyō): 1. Dainichi-kyō 大日経 (Sanskrit: Mahāvairocana-sūtra) This sutra is most commonly referred to as the Dainichi-kyō 大日経, although the full title is Daibirushana-jōbutsu-jinben-kaji-kyō 大毘盧遮那成佛神變加持經… Read More ›

  • About Mikkyo Art

    Like all Buddhist sects, the primary focus of Mikkyo is the cultivation of spiritual practices that will help to guide a person to awakening, satori. Mikkyo utilises rituals, mantras and visualisations, which correspond to the body, speech and mind, to create the… Read More ›

  • New Year at Koyasan

    Shushō-e 修正会 When: Jan 1 – 3 Where: Various locations in Koyasan: Garan, Okunoin & Daito New Year ceremonies at Koyasan involve a syncretic combination of Mikkyo and Shinto elements, a reminder that it is still problematic to identify “Mikkyo” as being… Read More ›