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Hasedera Temple Praying Wheel

Posted in Places by tokyobling on March 17, 2015

The great Buddhists temple of Hasedera in the city of Kamakura to the south west of Tokyo has one of the greatest prayer wheels (マニ車 in Japanese) that I have ever seen in Japan. Housed in its own protective building, the house is centered on a giant prayer wheel made in wood joinery itself housing tens of thousands of handwritten pray slips, visible when the little door in the walls and the wheel itself are open. On the 18th of every month the wheel may be turned by members of the public, but on other days ordinary people can still use the prayer wheels attached to the walls. Prayer wheels are common in Tibetan Buddhism where the act of spinning a wheel containing a prayer is considered having the same effect as saying the prayer itself. Naturally one spin on this wheel is worth several weeks of actual praying!









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  1. Stella Olrich said, on March 17, 2015 at 10:00 am

    is a style of prayer very charming but what is most surprising is the very architecture of the temple


    • tokyobling said, on March 27, 2015 at 3:26 am

      I found it fairly straightforward, but then I visit a lot temples. (^-^)


  2. rudyhou said, on May 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

    interesting. never knew a tibetan temple exists in japan, complete with the spinning wheel as well.


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