東大寺 Tōdai-ji

THE MOST AMAZING BUDDHIST MONUMENT

WHAT IS TODAI-JI?

Todai-ji is a buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. It's great budda hall, houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha, Vairocana known in Japanese simply as Daibatsu. The temple is also the headquarters for the Kegon school of buddhism. This temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara".

How old is the temple?

The temple is around 1300 years old!!! And it has always been an important part of Japanese culture.

Some of the sights!!!!

The Todaji is an excellent place to relax and find oneself.

Major Historical events

  • 728: Kinshōsen-ji, the forerunner of Tōdai-ji is established as a gesture of appeasement for the troubled spirit of Prince Motoi.
  • 741: Emperor Shōmu calls for nationwide establishment of provincial temples; and Kinshōsen-ji appointed as the head provincial temple of Yamato.
  • 743: The Emperor commands that a very large image Buddhist statue shall be built—the Daibutsu or Great Buddha—and initial work is begun at Shigaraki-no-miya.
  • 745: The capital returns to Heijō-kyō, construction of the Great Buddha resumes in Nara. Usage of the name Tōdai-ji appears on record.
  • 752: The Eye-opening Ceremony celebrating the completion of the Great Buddha held.
  • 855: The head of the great statue of Buddha suddenly fell to the ground; and gifts from the pious from throughout the empire were collected to create another, more well-seated head for the restored Daibutsu.
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    Tōdai-ji = eastern great temple

    Daibutsu = Giant buddha

    Sōgō = Office of Priestly Affairs

    Hokke-dō = Lotus Sūtra hall

    Nandaimon = The Great Southern Gate