Gyoki Bosatsu

Legends about Gyoki are in the comments.

Gyooki Bosatsu 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu
(668-749 AD) Gyōki, Gyōgi

Read his full biography below.
Find KIGO at the end.

The great priest Gyooki Bosatsu is well known for his activities at the construction of the Great Buddha of Nara, 奈良の大仏.

The "Great Priest" Gyoki was born in Osaka with Korean background and took Buddhist vows at age 15, entering Asukadera in Nara, the oldest temple in Japan founded in 569. Though started as an official priest employed by the government, he was not satisfied with the Buddhism then prevailing in Japan. It was solely for the peace of the state and welfare of the court nobles, not for the masses.
He quit the job in 704 at age 36 to propagate Buddhism for salvation of the suffering people and to practice philanthropy, making a pilgrimage mostly in Osaka and Nara areas. Not only did he give a hand to the sick, the poor and many others in distress, he also contributed to social welfare building roads, bridges, irrigation reservoirs and other civil engineering, and helped construct a number of temples.

Gradually, he earned fame as a Buddhist and philanthropist. Back at the time, Emperor Shomu (701-756) was reigning Japan and he had a plan to construct a great Buddha statue in Nara. The project was so huge that state funds alone were not enough to cover the total cost. The emperor asked Priest Gyoki to help raise funds. Accepting the emperor's request, Priest Gyoki immediately began fund-raising campaigns. Thanks to his fame and philanthropic activities, enough alms were collected soon afterward, and in 752 casting the Great Buddha statue we see today at Todaiji was completed.

Unfortunately, he had passed away just before the consecrating ceremony for the statue took place. Without his self-sacrificing efforts, the colossal statue would not have probably been constructed. In praise of the priest's achievement, the emperor conferred on him the title of Dai-sojo, or the Great Priest, the highest rank given to priests.
In addition, people called him 'Gyoki Bodhisattva'. The priest had two honorable titles: the official Dai-sojo and unofficial Gyoki Bodhisattva. Priest Gyoki is also reported to have helped build Sugimoto-dera in Kamakura, although evidence suggests otherwise.


- quote from Mark Schumacher-
Monju Bosatsu
(Sanskrit Manjusri Chinese Wenshu Tibetan Jam-dpal)
He who is noble and gentle. Monju is the embodiment of wisdom. Images of Monju were introduced into Japan by Chinese monks who, during a voyage to Wutaishan, learned that
Manjusri was reincarnated in the person of the Japanese monk Gyoki,
and so went to Nara in 736. One of these monks, Bodhisena (Japanese Bodaisenna), succeeded Gyoki as director of the Buddhist community of the Todai-ji (Nara) in 751 or 752. In turn, another monk named Ennin traveled to China to Mount Wutai in the year 840, during a journey that lasted nine years from 838 to 847, and brought back scriptures and images of this Bodhisattva.
- source - Mark Schumacher

Baramon Sojo 波羅門僧上 (Barahman from India)

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Bodhisena, Bodhisenna (Sanskrit बोधिसेन Chinese and Japanese 菩提僊那)
was an Indian Buddhist scholar and monk, known for traveling to Japan and establishing the Kegon school, the Japanese transmission of the Huayan school of Chinese Buddhism.

His stay has been noted in the official history records called the Shoku Nihongi, where he is referred to as Bodai-Senna.

Bodhisena got mystical inspiration from Manjusri Bodhisattva. He initially went to China, having heard that he could meet the incarnation of Manjusri at Mount Wutai. However, on reaching Mount Wutai, he was told the incarnation was in Japan. He also became acquainted with the tenth Japanese ambassador to China, Tajihi no Mabito Hironari. He also met the Japanese monk Rikyo.

Voyage to Japan

On the invitation of Emperor Shōmu, he visited Japan to spread the use of Sanskrit and establish Huayan Buddhism in the country. He traveled with the Japanese delegation of Tajihi no Hironari, via Cambodia and Champa in Vietnam.

On the same ship were other important historical figures.
They included the traveling companions Genbō and Kibi no Makibi. Genbo was a monk and was returning from China with the over 5,000 fascicles that made up the Chinese Buddhist Canon. Kibi brought with him the arts of embroidery, playing the lyre, and the game of Go. Kibi is also said to have invented katakana, whose Sanskrit influence is attributed to Bodhisena. The Man'yōshū contains a poem by Kibi about a crow that fed on rice grown by a Brahmin.
The famous Chinese Buddhist monk Dōsen (道璿, Chinese Daoxuan, 702–760) greeted him upon arrival.
Accompanying Bodhisena was a Cambodian priest and musician called Fo-t'ieh in Chinese (also known as Buttetsu and Fat-triet). He later resided at Daian-ji with Bodhisena, and wrote a work on the Sanskrit alphabet. He also composed religious dances representing subjects taken from Indian mythology, which came to be known as Rin'yu-gaku or Champa dances. These dances were still extant in the early 20th century.

Life in Japan
The party arrived at Naniwa (Osaka) in August 736 and was met by the monk Gyoki.
According to a number of sources, Gyoki and Bodhisena recognised each other from a past life.
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Gyoki conducted Bodhisena to Nara and presented him to the emperor. He was treated with great honour and lodged in the temple called Daian-ji, where he founded Kogen Buddhism and also taught Sanskrit ...
... Bodhisena resided in Daian-ji (大安寺) in Heijō-kyō for the rest of his life. He died on February 25, 760 at Daian-ji temple, and was buried on the Ryoujusen (霊鷲山) mountain, following his wish when he died.
- - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !


Enoki Shrine 榎神社 , Osaka
The temple's grounds contain a hackberry nettle tree more than 800 years old. The tree was said to be a manifestation of god, and a temple was built in its honor. The number of worshippers increased sharply every year, and the temple was officially established as a religious body in April 1952. The following year, a new hall of worship and shrine office was built.
Horaku-Ji 法樂寺 is situated within the grounds of the Kuwazu Cemetery, which originated with the sage Gyoki Bosatsu; the grounds are slightly elevated and are thought to be the remains of an ancient burial mound.



Miyamoto-Ji Sado 宮本寺、佐渡
The temple had been established on 1084, there are four principle statues in this temple. One of this, Jizo-Bosatsu, made by Gyoki-Bosatsu, is known to us as "Yakuyoke Jizo", the literally means, to avoid devil. It is allowed to disclosed only once of 33 years and the last opened year was April 1987. Now, apprix. 1500 kinds of cactus are growing up in the site, therefore, this temple is sometimes called, "cactus temple".


Budō Yakushi 葡萄薬師 Grape Yakushi
Daizenji Temple 大善寺 in Yamanashi prefecture possesses a one-of-a-kind seated image of Yakushi holding grapes in his left hand. Yamanashi is a grape-growing, winemaking region, and Budō Yakushi ブドウ薬師 (Grape Yakushi) is befittingly the protective deity of local grape farmers. Daizenji’s Yakushi Hall is a designated national treasure (dated to 1286). The temple claims its Budō Yakushi icon dates from the Heian era. For reasons unknown (to me), Yui Suzuki does not mention this temple or this statue in her book, but she does make passing note (p. 42) of an intertwined grapevine motif on the mandorla of the ninth-century Yakushi statue at Shōjōji Temple (Fukushima) – a motif she says is also found on the eight-century pedestal of the famous bronze Yakushi statue at Yakushiji Temple in Nara.

Writes Gabi Greve:
This is a special statue of Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of Medicine and Healing, in the wine-growing prefecture of Yamanashi (Japan), Katsunuma City 勝沼. During the Nara period, the famous Monk Gyoki 行基 visited the area and had a special dream about this deity one night. Yakushi was holding a bunch of grapes in his right hand, and in the other his usual medicine bottle. When he woke up, Gyoki started to carve the statue he had envisioned in his dream, and went on to found Daizen-ji Temple 大善寺 (designated a National Treasure), were the statue is still installed. It is the only statue of Yakushi holding grapes in Japan. In olden times, wine was one of the precious medicines of the day. Yakushi has since become the protector deity of the grape-growing farmers in this area. This is also the oldest part of Japan where real grapes, not wild mountain grapes, are grown. They make a drink called Budō Shu 葡萄酒, a bit different from wine, made like Japanese sake. But latest research shows that the grapes of this area originate in the Caucasus area and might have reached Japan via the Silk Road and Buddhism.
Or maybe migratory birds dropped the seeds???
- source : Gabi Greve / Mark Schumacher -


Myoorakuji 妙楽寺 Myoraku-Ji - 岩屋山 Iwayazan
Wakasa, Obama, Fukui 福井県小浜市

This statue by Gyoki is said to look like Gensho Tenno.
. Empress Gensho Tenno 元正天皇 .
and statues of Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 by Gyoki


Hot Springs and Gyooki Bosatsu
Two of the most well known priests associated with hot spring bathing were Gyooki-Bosatsu and Kooboo-Daishi (Hotta, p.20). Gyooki (668-749), a Buddhist monk, was director of construction of the Great Buddha at Nara's Todai-ji temple. It is believed he brought out healing hot water from rocks throughout Japan (Grilli, p. 110). Todai-ji-Nigatsu-do (the February subtemple) is the religious building built over the main spring that supplied the temple with water.

The priests performed omizutori, a ceremony for cleansing the Buddhists with water. It also served as a bathhouse for monks. (Grilli, p. 52). Kooboo Daishi (774-835), it is said, was also able to bring forth water from rocks. Seeing sick and dying beggars, legend says he would strike a rock and healing water would rush out (Grilli, p. 110).

Read a great article about hot springs by Mendy Nitsch


As for Shibu onsen has been told to have discovered by the Gyoki-bosatsu at the Nara period. Sep 10,1561 The battle of Kawanakajima had occored and Shibu onsen were the grounds for medical treatment of many soldiers who've got damaged.
At that era, Ichizaemon, the first master of Kokuya, who had handled rice store,taking advantage of this opportunity, opened a travelers hotel,and it has resulted soon, obtaining a visitor's patronage since then. It is the 16th generation in this present Master.
KOKUYA Shibu Onsen,Nagano


The Clear Water in Shichimi Village
Many years ago Gyoki Bosatsu (a Buddhist priest) was training himself around Japan.
One day he was walking in Muraoka town. There is a stream near old Kasanami pass in Muraoka. He took a rest there and drank it. He said,“It's tasty! This has seven flavors,it tastes like nectar.”
Since then this clear water is called“Shichimi Clear Water.”And people in town enjoy drinking through many years.


Read about a statue made by Gyoki at Nozaki.
Nozaki Pilgrims, Japan (05)


Gyōki, Bodhisattva of Japan (668-749)

A biography of the life and legacy of the Bodhisattva Gyōki
.. by Ronald S. Green

For more than a thousand years, the Japanese Buddhist priest Gyōki has been well known for his seventh-century charitable religious activities. His biographies and hagiographies tell that not long after the “official introduction” of Buddhism into Japan, Gyōki roamed the countryside propagating the teachings together with farming techniques to oppressed people hungry for both. His activities, in defiance of secular law, were carried out in a time when the government maintained strict control of Buddhists by confining them to temple grounds for academic study.

With supporters outside the capital swelling to thousands, an imperial edit was issued against his actions and Gyōki was arrested. This tactic backfired as a government attempt to quail the growth of Gyōki's hero status among the non-aristocratic population. As a result the government reversed it's stance toward Gyōki and he was awarded the rank of High Priest (Daisōjō). Meanwhile, among the masses he became known as the Bodhisattva Gyōki (Gyōki Bosatsu). Subsequently, he became the first person in Japan to be awarded the title Bodhisattva by the government as an official rank.

Throughout Japanese history, Gyōki reappears in literature as an archetype of both a man of the people and as a shaman-priest.
The most famous of Haiku poets, Matsuo Bashō, wrote of Gyōki in his seminal work Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The Chinese graph for chestnut consists of west and tree and is, therefore, linked up with the Western Paradise of Amitābha (J. Amida). This is why the Bodhisattva Gyōki all throughout his lifetime used the wood of this tree both for his walking stick and for the pillar supports of his house.

Men of the world
Fail to see its blossoms:
Chestnut of the eaves.

Bashō’s literary conception of Gyōki follows the often-portrayed image of his predecessor. Since at least four hundred years after Gyōki’s death, when he was further immortalized in the Miraculous Tales of Japan, typical features found characterizing his persona as seen in Bashō’s words include, 1) much walking and living among the people as opposed to being confined to temple study as the government of his day would have it, 2) fervent belief in Amida’s Paradise in the West, 3) the blend of shaman-like powers and Buddhism as with his ability to perceive the true nature of things, in contrast with the vision of “men of the world.”

These qualities may explain his popularity and even the worship of him in the Kamakura period, over five hundred years after his death when such an image would be revered. Yet, from biographical and physical evidence dated earlier, researchers now question at least the latter two components of his popular image, if stopping short of the more radical suggestion that his entire biography could have been fabricated. Nevertheless, if Gyōki’s faith in the saving powers of Amida was grossly exaggerated and if his life was not a blend of shamanism and Buddhism, the emerging portrait of him as propagator of an earlier or 'more pure' form of Buddhism is even more appealing to a modern audience.

The early national histories of Japan clearly indicate the government’s position on Buddhism at the time Gyōki lived was that it offered to their disposal a magical potential that could be harnessed for economic, political and healing powers. Writings such as the Nihon Shōgi and Shoku Nihongi leave little room for doubt that this accounts for the official interest in Buddhism and controlled support of its study and practice. Nevertheless, besides being perceived as an uncontrolled spiritual power, Gyōki may have been imagined to present, his arrest was likely related to reports of huge gatherings of rural people he was organizing. This was seen as an imminent political threat to the instable power of the capital.

Gyōki’s reported behavior centers on building hostels, opening farm lands, constructing irrigation systems and other charitable activities aimed at improving life for a large number of people. This emphasis does not tell of a tendency to rely on magic or the saving power of another (tariki [1] ) as seen after Gyōki’s time in the esoteric Buddhist movements of the Heian period and the Pure Land traditions become immensely popular afterwards. For this and other reasons, researchers have suggested the possibility that the Buddhism Gyōki propagated may instead be seen to represent a tendency toward rejection of the notion of magic Buddhism embraced by the government, as well as their scholastic studies.

In addition, Gyōki’s Buddhist master was master Dōkyō, who first propagated the Hossō (Sanskrit: Yogācāra) tradition in Japan. Many aspects of Gyōki’s charitable projects are easily understood in light of the content of Yogācāra texts that Dōkyō is known to have imported from China and taught in Japan. Viewed in this way, Gyōki’s was a mass movement against the government's insistence on magic and scholastic study by Buddhists. Instead, like the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyōki emphasized Buddhist practice, stressing charity work. Saichō, the famous Heian period founder of the Japanese Tendai Buddhist tradition, praises Gyōki for these very qualities and seeks to emulate his lifestyle.

Gyōki’s place in the history of Japanese Buddhism has been insured for centuries by hagiographies and literary works disseminating the image Bashō upholds. If, however, recent scholars are correct in assessing the nature of his form of Buddhism, Gyōki’s role in the history of Japanese Buddhism has not only been mistakenly categorized but also likely underestimated. Regardless, a fabricated image persisting in various usages a thousand years is no less influential.
It is the task of the present study to familiarize the reader with portraits of Gyōki's life. Because of the importance of legions about Gyōki for both the history of Japanese Buddhism and that to Japan in general, while this study points to modern scholarship and sometimes interprets Gyōki’s actions for a Yogācāra perspective, it also introduces the most influential legends of Gyōki. In order to better explain the activities of his life these are framed within the context of Japanese history and the history of Japanese Buddhism.

[1] To contrast Buddhist traditions, the historian Gyōnen used the classifications jiriki (salvation by means of one’s own efforts) and tariki (reliance on the powers of another for salvation). According to the argument above, Gyōki’s Buddhism should be classified as jiriki in contrast to the tariki of Pure Land Buddhism.



..... ..... ..... Kigo for Gyooki

Gyoki Memorial Day, Gyoki Bosatsu Ki 行基菩薩忌
..... Gyooki-ki 行基忌

Visiting the Gyoki Memorial Temple,
..... Gyooki moode 行基詣, Gyooki mairi, 行基参
..... According to the modern calendar on April 2 - 3.
In the old lunar calendar, it was the second day of the second month, February.
observance kigo for late spring

The Gyooki Memorial Hall at Temple Koyadera
Gyooki founded this tempel and made the statue of the healing Buddha, Yakushi Nyorai, by himself.

Gyooki-Doo 行基堂


行基忌 昆陽にはいまも 池多く

Gyooki Memorial Day -
At Koyadera even now
there are many ponds

Oohashi Oohashi
Saijiki for Buddhist Events 仏教歳時記

In Memory of Gyooki Bosatsu, we also have the kigo of
. Nozaki Pilgrimage, Japan


observance kigo for the New Year

Senbonzuki 千本搗 Ceremony of pounding rice with 1000 mallets
.....at the temple Mizumadera in Kaizuka, Osaka
. . . CLICK here for Photos !
水間千本搗餅つき Zenbon mochizuki, Sembon Zuki

at Kaizuka Town 貝塚市水間638水間寺内

This is an intangible cultural asset of Japan.
It dates back to about 730, when Gyoki with the help of the 16 Doji 十六童子 child attendants encountered an old man with white hair at the Kannon waterfall 観音出現の滝.
Gyoki and the 16 attendants pounded rice for mochi as an offering for the deity.
The festival takes place on the 2nd and 3rd day of the first lunar month, now sometimes on a sunday in February.
The mochi are pounded by the young menfolk of the nearby village. Two groups each of 8 men pound the rice, 8 men lift and lower the mallet and sing special prayer songs. They are arranged along the main hall to pound with 1000 long sticks and mallets.

The temple is also famous for the
"hand of a dragon mummy" 「龍の手」のミイラ

Homepage of the temple
source : www.mizumadera.or.jp


The monk Gyoki founded and rebuilt the Arima Hot Springs.
Gyoki whom the Emperor Shomu (701 – 756) trusted deeply was a high monk who dedicated himself to building ponds and bridges, digging ditches and enshrined temples.

. Arima Tosen Shrine 有馬 湯泉神社 Toosen Jinja .

and legende relating to Gyoki in Arima.


. 要仲山玉龍寺 Temple Gyokuryu-Ji .
in Gifu. Founded by Gyoki Bosatsu.


WASHOKU ... Japanese Food SAIJIKI


. Temple Todai-Ji 東大寺 - Nara .



Anonymous said...

as always, my deepest thanks to Gabi sama... whose pulse is go-shichi-go and whose heart is kigo.

Gabi Greve - Basho archives said...

Matsuo Basho

yo no hito no mitsukenu hana ya noki no kuri

people of the world
don't discern this blossom -
chestnut by the eaves

Tr. Barnhill

Written at a kasen composition in Sukagawa 須賀川, with priest Kashin 僧侶可伸.
Basho praises the simple life of this holy man in his greeting hokku.
(Oku no Hosomichi)

The Chinese character for kuri 栗 consists of the parts for West 西 above a Tree 木. It reminds us of the four Buddhist paradises in the four directions. Like Saint Gyoki Bosatsu, who used a walking stick of the wood of this tree and had the pillars of his hut made of it.
Discussion of this hokku:

Gabi Greve - Basho Archives said...

Matsuo Basho

chichi haha no shikiri ni koishi kiji no koe

Father, mother dear!
I hear as I mourn for you –
hear the pheasant's cry!

Tr. Blyth

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This is a reference waka by Gyoki Bosatsu 行基菩薩

yamadori no horohoro to koe kikoeba
chichi zo omou haha ka to zo omou

to the cry of a pheasant
I wonder:
Could it be my father?
Could it be my mother?

Tr. Makoto Ueda


Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Daianraku Ji 大安楽寺 Daianraku-Ji, Dai-Anraku-Ji
長野県松本市女鳥羽2丁目5−8 - Nagano

founded by . Gyōki 行基菩薩 Gyoki Bosatsu .

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Joorakuji 常楽寺 Joraku-Ji Jorakuji
光明山 常楽寺 Jorakuji
群馬県館林市木戸町580, Tatebayashi town

This is temple Nr. 15 of the Henro Pilgrimage to 88 temples in Kanto 関東八十八ヶ所霊場.
The founder of this temple was 行基 Gyoki
gankake Fudo 願かけ不動 Fudo to make a wish

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Myoohooji 妙法寺 Myoho-Ji - Torioi Kannon 鳥追観音

carved by Gyoki



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Ooiwasan 大岩山日石寺 Nisseki-Ji, Nissekiji
達磨不動明王 Daruma Fudo
富山県中新川郡上市町大岩163 - Kamiichi town

The head temple for the Shingon sect, it is said to have been founded in the year 725 by the Buddhist saint Gyoki.

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Rendaiji 蓮台寺 Rendai-Ji
Yugasan Rendaiji 瑜伽山(ゆがさん)由加山

In 733, priest Gyoki began to worship the two statues of Amida Nyorai and Yakushi Nyorai here as "Yuga Daigongen" 瑜伽大権現 . He did so on the request of Emperor 聖武天皇 Shomu Tenno (701 - 756) and build temple Yugaji 瑜伽寺 - 経尾山瑜伽寺摩尼珠院, now Rendai-Ji.


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Fudooji 不動寺 Temple Fudo-Ji, Kurotaki
Kurotaki Fudo 黒滝不動

Oshiozawa, Nanmoku Village, Kanra District, Gumma

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Ryoosenji, Ryōsen-ji 霊山寺 Ryosen-Ji
in Nara.

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Statue of Kannon Bosatsu

Kannonji 観音寺 Kannon-Ji
Kesennuma, Miyagi
宮城県気仙沼市本町 1-4-16 / 1 Chome-4-16 Motomachi, Kesennuma-shi

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Visited the area of present-day Jionji 慈恩寺 Jion-Ji
in Yamagata, Sagae

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founder of
Ookaji 応賀寺(おうがじ)Oka-Ji - 鏡光山応賀寺

静岡県湖西市新居町中之郷68-1 / 68-1 Araichō Nakanogō, Kosai-shi, Shizuoka

Founded in 724 by 聖武天皇 Shomu Tenno

Chokugan-Ji 勅願寺

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Founder of
Osshinji 乙津寺 Osshin-Ji - Umedera 梅寺 "Plum Blossom Temple"
瑞甲山 Zuikozan 乙津寺 Osshin-Ji

Gifu, Mino
岐阜市鏡島1328 - 1328 Kagashima, Gifu Town, Gifu

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Founded the temple
Enmyooji 円明寺 Enmyo-Ji

Shikoku Henro 53

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Founded the temple
栖足寺 Seisoku-Ji

With a kappa legend
- Kappa no Kame 河童のかめ / 河童の瓶
The Water Jar of Kappa -
and the Hot Spring Yatsu Spa 谷津温泉

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Statue of Yakushi Nyorai by Gyoki

. Kiyotakiji 清瀧寺 / 清滝寺 Kiyotaki-Ji .
Nr. 35 of the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage 四国八十八ヶ所.

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Myoorakuji 妙楽寺 Myoraku-Ji - 岩屋山 Iwayazan
Wakasa, Obama, Fukui 福井県小浜市
The temple has been founded by Gyoki Bosatsu in 718/719.

The main statue of 十一面観世音菩薩 Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu is said to look like Gensho Tenno.
It has a special head with 24 faces 24面 and 1000 arms carved from one piece of wood.
It has long been a secret statue for very long, but has now been restored and is shown to the public.

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Hokedake-Ji, Hokkedakeji 法華嶽寺 Hokedake Yakushi-Ji

宮崎県東諸県郡国富町大字深年4050 / Fukadoshi, Kunitomi, Higashimorokata District


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Namikozo Statue at Maisaka
When you walk along the Rows of Pine Trees at Maisaka, you will find the statue of a young boy called Namikozo. According to the folklore in Enshu region, Namikozo is a yokai (goblin) who has the power to tell the weather by the sound of the waves.
The legend has it that namikozo originated from one of the two straw dolls produced from the harvested rice. Priest Gyoki (highly respected priest during mid 8th century) chanted the sutra and told the dolls to help the farmers to forewarn the storms and threw them into the river. Years later one of the dolls turned into the goblin and was caught by the fishnet of the fishermen.
The goblin asked the fishermen to let him go and he will use his magic so that the fishermen know how the weather will be like by the sounds of the waves and fishermen released him. Since then, when the roaring of the wave comes from the southeast it tells the sign of rain, from the southwest the sign of fine weather.
Namikozo is often picked as one of the seven wonders of Enshu Province.
- source : virtualtourist / Asia -
More about Umibozu and Namikozo

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Temples related to Gyoki -
a Japanese list


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Founded by Gyoki:
Onoyama Shookannji 小野山正観寺 Shokan-Ji
松山市北梅本町 1745 / 1745 Kitaumemotomachi, Matsuyama

小野薬師 Onoyama Yakushi
It used to be one of the 伊予七薬師 Seven Yakushi of Iyo and was then called
Yamada Yakushi 山田薬師

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Founded temple Iza-Ji in Matsuyama
Shusse Yakushi 出世薬師.

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Founded temple
Yonako Takizan Fudo-Ji in Suzuka, Nagano.

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Founded temple
Joofukuji 成福寺 Jofuku-Ji
2356 Yoshiichō Yoshii, Ibara-shi, Okayama

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Founded temple
医王山 Iozan 東光院 Toko-In 真性寺 Shinsho-Ji
豊島区巣鴨3-21-21 / 3 Chome-21-21 Sugamo, Toshima ward

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He carved a statue of
多宝如来 Taho Nyorai.

Now at the temple
宝塔山 Hotozan 多宝院 Taho-In 龍門寺 Ryumon-Ji
台東区谷中6-2-35 / 6 Chome-2-35 Yanaka, Taitō ward Tokyo.

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Founded in 710 the temple in Tama, Tokyo
Shinpukuji 真福寺 Shinpuku-Ji

龍華山 清浄光院 真福寺
真言宗豊山派 // 武蔵村山市中藤1-37-1  Musashimurayama-shi, Nakatō


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Aichi Temple 妙音寺 Myo-On Ji

The main statue is senju Kannon 千手観音 Kannon with 1000 arms.
In 1573, Yakushi Nyorai appeared in a dream of the priest 宗音公和尚 and asked him to built a temple. The Kannon statue is said to be made by 行基 Gyoki, who was walking all around Japan at this time.

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sennin 仙人と伝説 Legends about Immortals

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Yakushi Legend from Hyogo

伊丹市 Itami

katame uo 片目魚 fish with one eye
At the pond 昆陽池 Koya-Ike there are many fish with only one eye.
Once upon a time, 行基上人 Saint Gyoki Bosatsu found a man lying by the roadside and wanted to bring him to 有馬温泉 Arima Hot Spring. But the man could not move and only murmured he wanted to eat some fresh fish. When Gyoki found a fish and offered him to eat it, the man said, Gyoki should eat first. So Gyoki ate half of the fish, including one eye.
Now the man said he had black pocks all over his body and wanted Gyoki to lik them. When Goyki started to lik his skin, the man suddenly changed and stood there as Yakushi Nyorai.
He had only tried the purity of Saint Gyoki.
The fish was thrown into the pond, but now he had only one eye.

Koyaike is now a place name in Itami, where there is a park, 昆陽池公園.

tsuki nakute hiru wa kasumu ya Koya no Ike

there is no moon
and haze during the day -
Koyaike Pond

. Uejima Onitsura 上島鬼貫 (1660-1738) .

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Legend from Kochi
長岡郡 Nagaoka district 西豊永村 Nishi-Toyonaga

tsue 杖 walking staff
When Gyoki Bosatsu came to the Yakushi Do Hall in Nishi-Toyonaga on his way to climb the mountain, he planted his walking staff into the ground. It grew larger and larger and is called
sakasa sugi 逆さ杉 upside-down cedar tree

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Hieda Jinja 薭田神社(ひえだじんじゃ)
Tokyo 大田区 Ōta-ku, Ota ward, Kamata // Hieta Shrine

The shrine legend tells us that in the year 709 the Buddhist monk, Gyōki, made shintai (divine images) of Amaterasu Ōkami, Hachiman, and Kasuga and enshrined them.

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Tokyo Hongo 本郷

. Gyoki 行基 Saint Gyoki .
From 富士浅間社の縁起 the records of Shrine Fuji Sengen Jinja in Hongo :
In the year 1573 Kimura had a dream: From 古塚 an old mound in 本郷 Hongo they had found various carvings, like 牛王板, a plank carving of the Go-O Bull Deity, made by Gyoki.
To venerate them properly they built this shrine.

Fujisengen Jinja , 7 Chome-2-6 Hongo, Bunkyō

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Founder of Temple Jobo-Ji in Iwate
and Joboji laquer ware
Jooboji nuri 浄法寺塗 Joboji nuri laquer ware

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Legend from Shizuoka
about a Tengu and fire prevention

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founded the temple
佛法山 Buppozan 東漸寺 Tozen-Ji
横浜市都筑区佐江戸町2240 / Yokohama city, Tsuzuki ward, Saedocho
for Monju Bosatsu.
Now Shusse Fudo Myo-O

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Gyoki carved a statue of 観音 Kannon Bosatsu
瑞應山 Zuiozan 蓮華院 Renge-In 弘明寺 Gumyo-Ji

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Founder of the temple
大綱山 Taikozan 宝幢院 Hodo-In 光明寺 Komyo-Ji
東京都大田区西六郷 2-62-1/ Tokyo, Ota ward, Nishi-Rokugo

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Legend from Aichi 藤嶋 Fujishima
Two villagers had picked up a statue of 千手観世音菩薩 Kannon with 1000 Arms and brought it to Fujishima, where they built a thatched hut to venerate her. Suddenly Kannon appeared and told them she was in fact 阿弥陀仏 Buddha Amida.
When they told this to 行基 Gyoki Bosatsu, he made two more statues, one of 阿弥陀 Amida and one of 勢至 Seishi and placed the three in the hut, with Amida in the middle.
This hut was now called
Susa no koji 須佐の古寺 The old temple at Susa and is now Gokurakuji 極楽寺 Temple Gokuraku-Ji.

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Founder of the temple
Saidooji 済渡寺 Saido-Ji - Niimi Okayama

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Founder of the temple
Gokokuin 護国院 Gokoku-In - Ajima, Nagoya
味鏡山 / みきょうざん Mikyozan 天永寺 Tenei-Ji 護国院 Gokoku-In .

Aichi, Nagoya city, Kita ward, Kusunoki Ajima

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Legend from Aichi 愛知県 幡豆町 Hazu town
In a village on the beach there was densenbyo 伝染病 a pandemic.
Once there was a light on the sea and a huge strange tree came afloat.
The villagers wanted to burn it but could not.
There came Gyoki Bosatsu and carved a statue of Kannon out of it.
The villagers prayed to Kannon and the pandemic ended.

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Legend from Kagawa 綾歌郡 Ayauta district 坂出町 Sakaide town
Saint Gyoki Bosatsu performed exorcist rituals at a mountain, when ryuujo 龍女 a female dragon flew up and away.
She left a hair ornament to be venerated as an object of worship.
During a kanbatsu 旱魃 drought, amagoi 雨乞い rain rituals were performed.

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founder of Sugimotodera 杉本寺 Sugimoto-Dera - Kamakura
大蔵山 Taizosan 観音院 Kannon-In 杉本寺 Sugimotodera


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Legend from Osaka 大阪府  
東大阪市 Higashi Osaka city 八尾市 Yao city

nana haka 七墓 seven graves
Recently a pilgrimage called Kawachi Nanahaka 河内七墓 to seven graves in the Kawachi area has become popular in Higashi-Osaka and Yao city.
Kawachi Province was a province in the eastern part of modern Osaka Prefecture.
The graves are related to priest Gyoki Bosatsu and are located in
長瀬有馬 Nagase Srima, 岩田 Iwata, 額田 Nukada, 神立 Kandatsu, 垣内 Kakiuchi,
恩智神宮寺 Onji Jinguji and 植松 Uematsu.
If people visit during the O-Bon holidays, they will be reborn in paradise.

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Founder of the Temple Keishooji 継松寺 Keisho-Ji
三重県松阪市中町1952 / Mie, Matsusaka city, Nakamachi

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Founder of the temple
無動山 Mudozan 松井寺 Matsui-Ji 大聖院 Daishoin

三重県四日市市日永2-11-7 / Mie, Yokkaichi city, Hinaga

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Kagawa, 高松市 Takamatsu city 塩江町 Shionoe town
Kumano Gongen 熊野権現 The Kumano Deity
Kumano Gongen 熊野権現 The Kumano Deity
During his travels in Japan, Gyoki Bosatsu stayed at 最明寺 the Temple Saimyo-Ji.
An old man with white hair appeared and told him that in the mountain near the temple was
yakusen 薬泉 a well with healing qualities.
When Gyoki asked the old man about his name, he said
Kumano Gongen 熊野権現 and then disappeared.

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Dragon Legend from Osaka
shinryuu 神龍 Shinryu Dragon Deity
聖武天皇 The Emperor Shomu Tenno had a dream about s Kannon statue in the West of 平城京 Heijokyo.
He ordered Saint Gyoki Bosatsu to find the statue.
Gyoki held a ritual and then went to the mountain.
He was let by 16 Temple acolytes and came to the right place.
At that moment the mountain was rivers were trembling and shinryuu 神龍 a Shinryu Dragon Deity appeared.
The Dragon handed the statue to Gyoki and swore to protect the Buddhist Religion.
When the Emperor heard this, he was very moved, built a temple and venerated the Kannon Statue there.

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Statue of Yakushi Nyorai at temple Tosa Kokubun-Ji
founded by Gyoki
Shikoku Henro Nr. 29

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He carved the statue of Yakushi Nyorai at
Sooenji 相円寺 / 相圓寺 Soen-Ji, Fukuoka Kyushu.

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a legend from Tokushima

Gyoki no toku 行基の徳 the virtue of Gyoki
On the road from 薬王寺 the Temple Yakuo-Ji in 阿波国海部郡比和左村 to 土佐国 Tosa (now 高知県 Kochi) there is a retreat called
Gyoki An 行基庵 Gyoki Hermitage.
Once a mackarel merchant passed here and Gyoki asked for one fish as an offering.
But the merchant would not give him one.
Now Gyoki sung a song saying the horse of the merchant would fall ill.
And indeed, the horse fell ill.
The merchant was shocked and apologized.
Now Gyoki sung a song saying the horse would get well ...
and indeed, it got well immediately.
The story spread around and many people came to pray here and made a statue of Gyoki.

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- LEGENDS about Gyoki Bosatsu -