As one enters the dimly lit main hall of Kencho-ji Temple, a large Buddha statue immediately catches one's eye. It is a seated statue of Jizo Bosatsu (Jizo Bodhisattva). This large seated statue, built in the Muromachi period (1333-1573), sits quietly. As is the custom when representing Jizo Bosatsu, he was shaven-haired, holding a tin cane in his left hand and a jewel in his right hand.
Jizo Bosatsu is said to have the power to save those who suffer in the Six Realms. It is unusual to find it in a Zen temple, but that seems to be because this place was originally an execution site. In any case, it is quite different from the cute Jizo Bodhisattva that I usually see, and it is also large in size. It is so huge that one might think that this Jizo Bosatsu statue is the originator of many Jizo statues.
|Aug 2016 KANAGAWA STILL LIFE|
|BUDDHA STATUE KAMAKURA TEMPLE|
August 25, 2016
December 13, 2022
Still Life Photography
SIGMA DP2 MERRILL