Daigoji Temple: A Shingon Esoteric Buddhist Universe in Kyoto

Suntory Museum of Art

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Daigoji, located in the Yamashina area of Kyoto, is a celebrated Buddhist temple that has played an important role in Japanese history ever since its founding in 874. Within the Shingon tradition of Esoteric Buddhism, the temple is known as a sacred site that places great emphasis on conducting prayers for spiritual empowerment and esoteric rites in particular. The sculpture and paintings used as the chief objects of worship in those rituals, along with the ritual implements, have been preserved as treasures at the temple since the period of its founding in the ninth century. Exhibitions of these items are now to be held at two venues in Japan, one in Tokyo and the other in Fukuoka, with the aim of introducing the treasures of Esoteric Buddhist art from Daigoji. The exhibitions chiefly feature Buddhist sculpture and paintings, as well as valuable written works and calligraphy that have been designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.

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from September 19, 2018 to November 11, 2018
Closes at 18:00 on Nov. 6.

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