immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)

Teaching Resources

Akakura Mountain Shrine

Sacred Beings

Kobo Daishi

Kobo Daishi, a founding figure of Japanese esoteric Buddhism, is believed by worshippers at Akukura Mountain Shrine to have visited the mountain in the distant past and to have appeared to the shrine foundress in visions.

A painting in the Shinden depicts Kobo Daishi in the company of the shrine's foundress

This statue of Kobo Daishi on the grounds of the shrine is robed on important occassions, such as the autumn ancestral memorialization rite.





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