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Tenryuuji 天龍寺 ― 天竜寺 Tenryu-Ji
"Heavenly Dragon Temple"

The naming might go back to the Shogun Ashikaga Takauji, who saw a golden dragon above the sky of the temple in a dream.
The dragon symbolizes the emperor Go-Daigo.

Before that, the temple was called

Ryakuooji 暦応寺 Ryakuo-Ji
according to the era name nengoo when it was built.

Tenryū-ji (天龍寺) — more formally known as
Tenryū Shiseizen-ji (天龍資聖禅寺) —

is the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, located in Susukinobaba-chō, Ukyō Ward, Kyoto, Japan.
The temple was founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339, primarily to venerate Gautama Buddha, and its first chief priest was Muso Soseki. Construction was completed in 1345.
As a temple related to both the Ashikaga family and Emperor Go-Daigo, the temple is held in high esteem, and is ranked number one among Kyoto's so-called Five Mountains. In 1994, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto".

In the early Heian period, Empress Tachibana no Kachiko, wife of Emperor Saga, founded a temple called Danrin-ji on the site of present-day Tenryū-ji. The temple fell into disrepair over the next four hundred years.

In the mid-thirteenth century, Emperor Go-Saga and his son Emperor Kameyama turned the area into an imperial villa which they called "Kameyama Detached Palace" (亀山殿, Kameyama-dono). The name "Kameyama", which literally means "turtle mountain", was selected due to the shape of Mt. Ogura, which lies to the west of Tenryū-ji—it is said to be similar to the shape of a turtle's shell. All Japanese temples constructed after the Nara period have a sangō, a mountain name used as an honorary prefix. Tenryū-ji's sangō,
Reigizan (霊亀山, lit. "mountain of the spirit turtle"),
was also selected due to the shape of Mt. Ogura.

The garden, created by Musō Soseki, features a circular promenade around Sōgen Pond (曹源池, sōgenchi), and is registered as both a special place of scenic beauty and a historical landmark.
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Dragon at the ceiling
雲龍図 Cloud Dragon Painting

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me ga deru Daruma 目が出る達磨
"Daruma with protruding eyes"

If you peek into the hole at the head, the ceiling painting of the dragon will appear.

The story of
. "Daruma with protruding eyes" .


amulet to prevent cancer ガン封じ

A restaurant for vegetarian temple food 精進料理

Annual Festivals
大方丈 旧「雲龍図」特別公開 鈴木松年画伯
source : www.tenryuji.com/info

Homepage of the Temple
source : www.tenryuji.com

. Daruma painted by Seki Bokuoo .
(1903 - 1991)

. Amulets and Talismans from Japan . 


Other tempels named Tenryu-Ji

天龍寺 (秋田市) in Akita town

天龍寺 (新宿区) in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Other tempels named Tenryu-In 天龍院

愛宕神社 (行方市玉造甲) 天龍院支配

神谷山天龍院 Ueno, Tokyo



and quite a few more.


Tenryu-Ji Haiku 天龍寺俳句

natsuyama o hamidasu iraka Tenryuuji

rooftiles protruding
from the summer mountain -
temple Tenryu-Ji

Urajima Taro
source : 浦島太郎


. Dragon Temples  .


1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

Tenryuuji, Tenryūji 天龍寺 Tenryu-Ji - Shinjuku
護本山 Gohonzan 天龍寺 / 天竜寺 Tenryuji

新宿区新宿4-3-19 / Shinjuku
The main statue is Senju Kannon 千手観音 with 1000 arms