‘3,000 Years of History Are Literally Just Beneath Our Feet’ – The Legend of the Shingon
The first Buddhist temple built anywhere in the world.
Shingon (聖道, pronounced sho-tin) is the word for “way of the Buddha.” In Japan, Shingon was the religion of choice for the emperor (kannon) and the highest of the Five Great Sects, considered the most sacred of all Japanese Buddhist traditions. Shingon monks were usually highly ranked in the ranks of the clergy, holding a high position within the imperial family as well. They were also expected to bring wealth to the nation. Shingon monasteries, which were often built outside the main city to serve as monasteries and temples for the growing number of Shingon Buddhists, were found in the mountains, in the deserts and along the coast.
Shingon Buddhists are found in over 30 countries, in Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere around the world. Despite the diversity of their beliefs, traditions and traditions of worship, the essence of the faith is essentially the same. Each of these regions developed their own unique culture and their own particular way of expressing their faith, Shingon Buddhism.
The temple is often a sacred place for Buddhists around the world. The Shingon faith is considered very important in the nation and the world. It was the last of the Five Great Sects of Buddhism and as such, the Shingon Sect had the highest regard from the monks of the time. The temple and the monks were sacred to the Buddhist order, and they would only visit these sacred temples when visiting the capital.
The Shingon faith was originally founded by a member of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism who gave the name Shingon (“Way of the Buddha”) to his teachings. In Japan, Shingon Buddhism was originally founded before the Buddha himself, and it focused on the teachings of the Buddha as well as on the life of the Buddha. It is one of the oldest religions still used today. Shingon followers believe that the teachings of the Buddha were revealed by his disciples for the last 12,000 years.
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