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Shingon Buddhism In Australia

Seizanji Temple is the representative of the Koyasan Shingon Buddhist Temple in Australia. It serves to provide instruction in Shingon Buddhism and meditation classes based on traditional esoteric practices handed down for over a thousand years.

The following introduction to Shingon Buddhism is from http://www.koyasan.or.jp/en/shingonshu/

From Buddhism to Esotericism

Buddhism born in India, before long, crossed back and forth Central Asia, handing down their idea to China and the like (Hokuden Buddhism). After that, in the 6th century, was imported to Japan. Again, Buddhism, by way of India and Ceylon, was imported in the 11th century from Burma (present day Myanmar) and Thailand (Nanden Buddhism).


In this way, Buddhism is spread widely all over the world, but the Shingon sect, begun by Kobo Daishi Kukai, within an esoteric type of Buddhism called “Mikkyou” was developed in the 8th century, the Golden Age in India, and developed thereafter.

The Shingon sect of Buddhism follows the doctrine of esoteric Shingon teachings compiled by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in the Heian period. “Shingon” refers to the truth revealed by Buddhism. These teachings tell us that words and existence are inseparable, and that the true essence of Buddhism cannot be explained in human language. Instead, the words used in scripture embody the deep meaning and teachings found in phenomena around the world; they are signposts to true reality of all things. Kobo Daishi tells us that it is these esoteric teachings that are truth, and that esoteric Buddhism is the path to understanding them. By contrast, exoteric teachings are concerned with discerning meaning from the surface of things in the world. Exoteric teachings include the Mahayana teachings found in Hosso, Sanron, and Shomon and Engaku practices.


A few differences can be pointed out between esoteric “Mikkyou” Buddhism and exoteric “Kengyo,” but the very basic distinction is the method of practicing the knowledge of the meaning of a hidden secret. In Shingon, the Sanmitsukaji (Three secret healings) and the Sanmitsuyuga (three secret yuga) are spoken of, but it means the practice of meditation to focus on one point of the spirit (Sanmaji). As for its characteristics, the secret workings of the Buddha, body, mouth and thoughts and the workings of the Buddha, body, mouth, and thoughts of the devotee inspire each other reciprocally, and the distinction between the Buddha and the devotee disappears and the follower makes living peaceably essential. Kobo Daishi calls this way of things the “Nyuga Ganyu,” meaning that “the Buddha enters me and I enter the Buddha.” Kobo Daishi expressed that with Mikkyou Buddhism, enlightenment can be better realized, as compared to Kengyo, and says that there exist these incantations, Nyuga Ganyu, and practice (meditation). But then, from the late Heian period until the Kamakura period, the new kind of Buddhism entering the stage took influence from Shingon sect education and prayer, introduced the Mikkyou essence and value in one part, and as a rule, has meditation, for which it can not be said is lacking in Kengyo Buddhism. If another difference between the faiths can be brought up, it is the appreciation of the Buddha and bodhisattva.The Buddha and bodhisattva in Kengyou is a “person” who found enlightenment, and a “person” searching for enlightenment, but the Buddha and bodhisattva in Mikkyou are the truth of the universe themselves (dharma). The ones grasping this ”dharma” as a physical image are the Buddha and the bodhisattva. For that reason, the Buddha and bodhisattva in Mikkyou are called the “Hosshinbutsu (dharmic body).”


Kobo Daishi expresses that this Hosshinbutsu, or truth of the universe, being taught directly to us as an insight of truth is called the “Hosshin Seppo.” This space-time listening to the wisdom of this teaching will be the circumstance of the three mysteries incantation (Nyuga Ganyu). By that meaning, in the Shingon sect, the Buddha and the universe are a gift to the people, and also, is a basis for a prayer as a condition for the mysterious ability of the people to react, and according to that, understanding the insight of the Buddha, naturally accumulating pious acts, helping the people, and making them happy are regarded as the most important, so it can be said that it is a practical Buddhist sect.



Shakyamuni               Esotericism

Founder of Buddhism              Giving meaning to esoteric Budihism

 


Above is a photograph of Rev. William Washo Saito, the Abbot of Seizanji Temple, performing Kajikitou (Incantion/加持祈祷) at Koukenji Temple in Kagawa, Japan. We perform Kajikitou services upon your request. Please ask us in the 'Contact us' section.

オーストラリア真言宗について

青山寺はオーストラリア初の正式な高野山真言宗の寺院として活動しております。

1000年以上に渡る高野山の歴史の中で脈々と引き継がれてきた、秘伝の仏教、そして伝統的な瞑想法などを紹介しています。

真言宗の教えは大日如来によって説かれ、宗祖・弘法大師がそれを体験して広めたものであります。
真言宗は真言密教とも言い、「即身成仏」を教えの根幹にしています。
これは密教の修行の実践により、誰でもただちに仏になることができるという教えです。それまでの宗派が、人間が悟りへの心(菩提心)をおこして修行して も、数えきれないほど長い時間をかけなければ成仏できないと考えていたのとは異なる、新しい考え方でした。
密教の修行とは、身体の修行である身密、言葉の修行である口密、心の修行である意密で、あわせて身口意の三密修行と呼ばれています。

『金剛頂経』は、『大日経』と共に「両部の大経」と称される、真言宗で最も大事な経典です。ただ『大日経』と違って、『金剛頂経』の名称は、広義には1つの経典を指すのではなく、「金剛頂部」といわれる経典群を指すもので、その量は膨大なものとなります。
ただ、普通『金剛頂経』という場合には『金剛頂一切如来真実摂大乗現証大教王経』の 亊を指します。この『金剛頂経』には、サンスクリット写本、漢訳、チベット訳が現存しています。この『金剛頂経』は、8世紀までには成立していたとされて おり、その成立地は南インドとするのが一般的なようです。漢訳は空海の師である恵果の師、不空が753年に行いました。