Denomination: Soto (曹洞宗)
Main Image: Dainichi Nyorai (大日如来)
Location: Shuzenji, Izu City (伊豆市修禅寺)
Shuzenji temple was founded by Kobo Daishi and one of his disciples, Korin Taitoku in the year 807, early in the Heian Period. Apparently Kobo Daishi was not present to see the completion of the Shingon temple, and work was overseen entirely by Korin. It was originally given the name Fukuchizan Shuzen Bannanzenji 福地山修禅萬安禅寺.
Important dates and historical developments at Shuzenji, including the influence of the powerful Minamoto family are documented in story-like, easy to understand books which are available for purchase at the temple.
According to the temple’s website, originally Shuzenji encompassed a much wider area than its present day boundaries. There were 8 sub temples which surrounded the main temple which symbolized the Shingon mandala in which eight Bodhisattvas surround Dainichi Nyorai. The last of the sub temples was said to have been intact until the early 1900s.
Historians say that before the building of what was later to be named Shuzenji, Kobo
Daishi came to the area and underwent religious training at a nearby temple in the year 791 at the age of 18. During this time it is said that he paid visits to several of the Izu Pilgrimage temples such as, Ekizanji (No. 8), Chorakuji (No. 9), and Hozo-in (No. 81).