Kyozo, The Sutra Storehouse


This is wooden building to the left of the main hall in which the printing blocks for all the Buddhist sutras (scriptures) are stored. The architecture is of a beautiful traditional style with four ridgepoles. Wooden images of both Dengyo Daishi (Saicho, the founder of the Tendai sect) and Jikaku Daishi (Ennin, the famous Tendai monk who travelled to China in 833 and later published 559 volumes about his experiences there) are enshrined inside. At the times when Buddhist images are exhibited, on Obon and Higan, the doors aree opened and people are allowed to view them. It is believed that one amasses virtue by doing this. The building dates from 1759 and is designed an Important Cultural Asset.


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