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7/02/2011

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me 眼 / 目 - Amulets for Eye Disease

ganbyoo chiyu kigan 眼病治癒祈願 prayer for healing of eye disease


. Ganshu Fudo 眼守不動 Fudo Myo-O Protector of Eyes .


. Kakinomoto Hitomaro 柿本人麻呂 Hitomaru 人丸 / 人麿 .
venerated as
ganbyoo no kami 眼病平癒の神 - Ganbyo Deity for eye diseases

The daughter of Samurai Taira no Kagekiyo 平景清 (? - 1194) is named
Hitomaru Hime 人丸姫
福岡県粕屋郡新宮町下府 / Fukuoka Hinomaru Shrine 人丸神社
平景清の娘「人丸姫」を祭神とします。
景清の妻は子供がないことを悲しみ、神仏に祈り続けました。治承二年(1178)3月15日に、朝日(旭)が上る時、懐妊を覚え、女の子を出産しました。「旭」という字は「日」「丸」と書くことから、「人丸」と名付けたと言われています。
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. Taira no Kagekiyo 平景清 .

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Temple Arai Yakushi Baishoo-In 新井薬師 梅照院
Tokyo, 東京都中野区新井 Shingon Temple, Yakushi Nyorai



meme ema めめ絵馬鈴守 amulet with votive tablet and bell





meme ema めめ絵馬 eye amulet with votive tablet





めぐすりの木 Medicine for the eyes
source : www.araiyakushi.or.jp


. Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of Medicine 薬師如来 .


Yakushi Nyorai Cures Eye Ailments

The Tendai school played a key role in spreading the still-popular belief that Yakushi is adept at curing eye ailments. The story originated in the Nanbokuchō period (1336–92) and involves the Tendai monk Seigan 清眼僧都 (d. 1379) and his eye clinic at the Tendai temple Myōgen-in 明眼院, Aichi Prefecture.
According to legend, Yakushi appeared to Seigan in a dream and promised to reveal the secrets of healing eyes. The next morning, Seigan discovered the medical text Kanbō-igaku 漢方医学 in the temple that enabled him to successfully treat people suffering from eye afflictions. Seigan's book contributed greatly to the development of ophthalmology in Japan in later centuries.

Ichibata Yakushi Temple 一畑薬師 in Izumo (Shimane Prefecture)
houses more than 8,000 miniature statues of Yakushi. Devotees come here to pray for relief from eye problems and other ailments.
- source : Mark Schumacher


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From Chuzonji in Hiraizumi 中尊寺 願成就院



This special temple is dedicated to
Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai 薬師瑠璃光如来



There are many ema votiv tablets under the tree and a large flag with eyes.
source : chaito wakako


. Hiraizumi (平泉)
temple Chūson-ji 中尊寺(ちゅうそんじ).


. Hitachibo Kaison Sennin 常陸坊海尊仙人 .
ay Aoso Jinja 青麻神社 "Green Hemp Shrine", Miyagi, Sendai
Kaison is venerated at Aoso Jinja as a deity to heal eye diseases 眼病の神.

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. Kiyomizu Sha 清水社 Kiyomizu Shrine .
in the woods around 熱田神宮 Atsuta Jingu - Aichi

There was once a samurai with an eye disease. When he washed his eyes with this spring water, he got healed soon. ME no kami 目 means eyes.

o shimizu お清水 sacred clear water to heal eye diseases.




. Senjuji Tokonagesan 獨鈷抛山千手寺 Mount Tokonage-San, Senju-Ji .
薭田野町鹿谷大タワ7 / 7 Otawa, Rokuya , Hiedano-cho, Kameoka
Kannon Bosatsu shot with one arrow in her eye !



. Yookoku-Ji 楊谷寺 Yokoku-Ji .
長岡京市浄土谷堂ノ谷2  Donotani-2 Jododani, Nagaokakyo, Kyoto
Kannon no O-koozui 観音の独鈷水(おこうずい) Kannon no Okozui
"Vajra Water" at Yokoku Kannon 柳谷観音独鈷水

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From Zenkoji Nagano
善光寺


Two little bags, one for each eye




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. Nissekiji Ooiwasan 大岩山日石寺 Oiwasan, Nisseki-Ji .
Oiwa, Toyama - Fudo Myo-O to cure eye disease 不動明王 



. Joofukuji 常福寺 Jofuku-Ji .
Iwaki, Fukushima

眼病に霊験 - 大師堂弘法水 Sacred Water at the Daishi Hall
There is also a small sanctuary to cure diseases of the eyes.

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. Yakushi Nyorai薬師如来 - the Buddha of Medicine and Healing

An item sold in honor of Shinno San as a token for good health is
a small tiger amulet made of papermachee 「神農(じんのう)さん」
at the shrine 小彦名神社 Sukunahikona in Osaka (Sukunabikona)



. Yamaya Yakushidoo 山屋薬師堂 Yamaya Yakushi-Do Hall . - Aomori
Once someone passed by, became very tired and took a nap, but then realized there was a wildfire. When he tried to run away a crane pulled his leg and he fell. He hurt his eye on a udo plant ((独活、Aralia cordata).
So until our times people come here to pray to Yakushi to heal their eye diseases.


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Temple Byoodooji 平等寺 Byodo-Ji in Shikoku
徳島県阿南市新野町秋山

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A Well From Which Clear “Kobo Water” Springs
Byodoji is the 22nd temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Kobo Daishi carved a statue of
Yakushi Nyorai, the deity to whom the temple was sacred. He named the temple Byodoji (Equality Temple) because he endeavored to save everybody equally.

Another legend tells that Kobodaishi once drove his cedar walking stick into the ground, and the stick turned into a giant cedar tree, which stands in the temple compound to our day.

The well Kobo Daishi dug in the compound has a miraculous white water, that heals all diseases, especially the eyes. The name of the temple is also "White Water"
白水山医王院.



. Kenkoo omamori 健康お守り for your general health .


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. migawarigaeru, migawari kaeru 身代わり蛙 
frog taking on your eye disease .

Temple Kinomoto Jizo 木之本地蔵, Shiga


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me-arai Jizoo 目洗い地蔵 "Jizo to wash your eyes"
eye-washing Jizo, Mearai Jizo
at the Anju Jizo Hall 安寿地蔵堂 in Anamizu 穴水, Sado Island.

This hall is related to the story of Anju and Zushi Oomaru 安寿と厨子王
Anju and Zusio

Related to a novel by Mori Ogai (1862 - 1922).

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Once upon a time,
Anju and Zusio were sent to Tango (Kyoto), and their mother to Sado by swindler. On their way, Anju and Zusio managed to escape from him, but their mother was forced to work all days and finally she lost her eye sight.

After a while, these two, who came to save their mother, were surprised how wide the island is, and decided to find mother separately.

When Anju came to kanoura, she found her old mother was driving the birds away, singing “I miss my Anju, Hoyareho~, I want to see my Zusio, Hoyareho~”.
So, she was running toward her mother saying “Mom, it’s me!! I have been longing to see you again ” However, the blind mother, who has been needled by neighbor kids, didn’t believe that’s real Anju, hit her out by stick and finally Anju died..
When she heard that’s Anju from her fellow later, she broke down and cried. And she decided to go to see Zusio in Aikawa with the fellow.
On the way, she could see Zusio again, and both shared the pleasure saying “Good staying Tassha” in this area(Basically, Tassha means “fine”)
And as soon as Zusio washed his mother’s eyes with the water welling up from earth nearby, her eye sight got back.



Since then, this place/spot still remains the name “Tassha” and people built Jizo for them.
source : english.aikawa-yamaki.com


Beside it is a wakimizu spring water with great healing power.
The ladies of the village come here every day, splash water over the Jizo statue and pray for healthy eyes.


. Jizo Bosatsu (Kshitigarbha) 地蔵菩薩 .


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... An old women told a friend that her eyes had become weak and all medicines had failed, so she asked Enma for help. One day, as she was praying before the statue, he said to her, "I will gouge out one eye and give it to you." She looked up and saw that one of his eyes was gone, and blood was running from the empty socket. When she glanced around her, she realized that she could see everything clearly.

. Konnyaku Enma 蒟蒻閻魔, Emma, King of Hell .





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4 comments:

Cow Lady said...

At Byodoji Temple, No 22 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, they have special water that cures eye disease. The water is the same Kobo Daishi bathed in.

Gabi Greve said...

Thanks a lot.
Now I know where our next trip is going to be !!

Gabi

Anonymous said...

Good to hear of mending.
Best to all.
C.

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

EDO

Playing with mekazura 目鬘 "eye wigs" was also enjoyed by many people.