Koyasan, Japan, 13 April 2014 - Skies were grey and there was a chill in the air this morning as His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Kyoto to drive to Koyasan. The Koyasan mountains south of Osaka are the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, sometimes referred to as Esoteric Buddhism, an epithet for the path of secret mantra. This is what Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon tradition, learned and brought back to Japan after travelling to China in the early ninth century CE. One of his motives for making the journey was to learn Sanskrit to better understand Buddhist scriptures and it seems that one of his early teachers was an Indian Pandit called Prajna who had studied at Nalanda. Kobo Daishi founded the Kongobuji Temple at Koyasan in 816 and passed away in 835 at the age of 62. His Holiness has been invited to teach and grant the Mahakarunagarbhodbhava Mandala Initiation.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama walking to the residential quarters at the Kongobuji Temple in Koyasan, Japan on April 13, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his teaching at Koyasan, Japan on April 13, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan|
|Members of the audience listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings at Koyasan, Japan on April 13, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan|