86 Anrakuji 安楽寺(あんらくじ)

Denomination:  Soto (曹洞宗)

Main Image:  Shakyamuni Hotoke (釈迦牟尼佛)

Location:  Toi, Izu City (伊豆市土肥)

IMG_1192Although the original date of the foundation of Anrakuji is unknown, during the reign of
Emperor Tenji in 663, the famous monk Gyoki came to the area and carved a Yakushi Nyorai image. IMG_1194In an effort to keep the peace of the country at the time, he performed religious rites by reciting Buddhist prayers and holding Buddhist ceremonies, as well as naming the temple Daisenji 大泉寺. IMG_1195Years later, while doing his religious training in the area, a monk sought shelter for one night at the temple. In the middle of the night an image of a boy appeared to him and told him that in the nearby ravine was buried an image of the body of Buddha, and that he was to dig and retrieve the image, it would be of great benefit to mankind. IMG_1197The next morning, with the help of local villagers, they unearthed an image of Yakushi Nyorai. Later the name of the temple was changed to Anrakuji.

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