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Kyoto’s Power Spot, Kurama Temple, Home of The Tengu / 鞍馬寺

2013.06.23 [PLACES,WHAT'S NEW]

 Kyoto’s Power Spot, Kurama Temple, Home of The Tengu

Moving the capital from ancient Nara to Heiankyo, old Kyoto, was no random decision taken towards
the end of the eighth century AD by the Emperor Kammu.  For it was mainly due to reasons associated
with directional taboo adopted from Chinese geomancy that Kyoto was considered a particularly auspicious
place for the location of the new, peaceful capital of Japan.  Being surrounded by mountainous areas on
three sides as well as abundant, flowing waters of the Kamo、Katsura and Takano rivers proved that Kyoto
could be both safe and fertile.  Kyoto itself is considered sacred in the hearts of most Japanese as is served
as the power base of the entire country for over one thousand years. 

 

794年、桓武天皇は、長岡京から平安京(京都)に首都を移すことを決断しました。平安京が首都に選ばれたのは、
三方向を山に囲まれ、鴨川、高野川、桂川などの水、自然が豊かであったこと、さらに風水学的にも良い場所で
あったことが理由だったと考えられています。首都として千年以上の歴史を持つ京都は、日本人にとっても大切な
場所であり、心のよりどころでもありました。

 

 

The City of Kyoto and its environs are also places with a high concentration of religious structures, mostly
Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.  In accordance with Shinto practices, the indigenous belief system
of the Japanese people, certain natural objects such as trees, rocks and streams of water in which it is felt
the spirit of a kami (god) resides will be singled out by special decorations.  In some cases, an energy
centre on the grounds of a shrine or temple will be distinguished as a sacred spot since it would be felt that
there is a source of power generated there.  A similar phenomenon exists in Western culture with ley lines.

 

 

京都には、多くの神社仏閣があります。木、岩、川などに「神が宿る」という神道独特の考え方の影響も
あってか神社などのある場所は、パワースポットでもあることも多々あります。

 

  

The place considered the prime power spot of Kyoto is to be found slightly to the north of the centre
of the city in the region of Mt. Kurama where the Kurama Temple is located.  Kurama Temple is famous
for its magical associations in the form of this power spot, its accompanying spirit king named Tengu and
the associated Kurama Fire Festival that takes place in the area annually on 22 October.  It was here that Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the famed samurai general, was said to have learned the secrets of swordsmanship
from the Tengu on Mt. Kurama. The god worshipped at this temple is called Sonten, ‘the cosmic energy that
gives life to every living thing.’  Sonten is described as being an amalgamation of three different deities
symbolised by the Kurama Tengu, a mountain wizard having wings on his back, a long beard and an exceptionally long nose.

 

 

そんな京都のパワースポットの一つが鞍馬山にある鞍馬寺です。本尊は、全宇宙を治めると言われる「尊天
(そんてん)」。太陽(光)の精霊:毘沙門天(びしゃもんてん)、月(愛)の精霊・千手観世音、大地(力)
霊王・護法魔王尊が三位一体となったものなのだそう。護法魔王尊は、650万年前に金星から降り立ったとも言われ
ており、鞍馬寺に安置されている護法魔王尊の像には、背中に羽、鼻が高く、長いひげをたくわえていることから、
護法魔王尊=鞍馬天狗だとも考えられています。(鞍馬天狗は護法魔王尊の使いだという説もあり)この鞍馬寺。
あの牛若丸(源義経)が7歳から16歳まで、剣術の修行を行った場所でもあるのだとか。その牛若丸に剣術を指導した
のは、なんと天狗だった!という説もあり、不思議が多い場所でもあります。

 

 

Very visible being in front of the main hall of Kurama Temple is a designed pavestone of a hexagonal
mosaic of rocks of various shapes with a triangle in its centre, the entirety of which is surrounded by
a six-pointed star.  This is considered to be the main power spot of Kyoto where one can be energised
simply by standing on the triangle.  Walking around the grounds of the temple will lead one to other
sacred areas as well as a secondary power spot to perhaps harness more energy. 

 

鞍馬寺の本殿・金堂の前には、天のエネルギーが光臨すると言われるパワースポットが!六芒星(ろくぼうせい
・写真)のある「金剛床」の中央に立つと天からのエネルギーがもらえるのだそう。鞍馬山に行ったら、必ず
立ち寄りたい場所の一つですね。

 

 

The general term tengu refers to the most famous type of mountain spirits in Japan.  They are easily
identified by male images with red faces and ridiculously long noses.  Legend has it that they dwell in
tall cedars as well as pine trees in the mountains and had wings with which to fly high up into the sky. 
The tengu entities are not human, a Buddha or a kami; they are mischievous beings that tempt humans
to commit evil, hence their comically demonic appearance, although they could sometimes bring good
fortune.    

  

この他、鞍馬寺周辺には、エネルギーあふれるパワースポットがいっぱい!ぜひ、感性を研ぎすませながら、
ゆっくりまわってみてください。

 

 

(Japan World Writer / Pauline Chakmakjian, MA)

 

 

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Address; 京都府京都市左京区鞍馬本町1074
      1074 Kurama Honmachi, Sakyo Ku, Kyoto

 

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