What is a Daishiko?

A Daishiko is a group of followers of Kobo Daishi and Shingon Buddhism under the guidance of a temple. This group can be as small as 3-4 people or as large as several hundred. Daishikos meet periodically, celebrate services together and are taught about Kobo Daishi and Shingon Buddhism. Although not considered an official temple, Daishikos are considered a part of the sponsoring temple.

The Koyasan Shingon Tenchi-ji Daishiko Teachings Series

In March 1999, Tenchi-ji will establish a series of teachings designed for people who do not have a local Shingon temple. We have had requests from people all over the world who are interested in the Teachings of Kobo Daishi.

Each month there will be a teaching on various topics that may touch on various Buddhas and Sutras, the writings of Kobo Daishi and current issues that impact the Dharma. The teachings will be designed so a person or group of people can study and practice together for about one hour at a time; suggestions will also be included for a local services utilizing morning or evening rituals and possible guided and silent meditations. Advanced topics will be suggested for those who are interested in more intense, personal study. The Teachings Series will be taught using two methods: via internet and by video tape and written guides.
Topics under consideration for the Teachings Series are:

  • Kobo Daishi: His Legacy to Us
  • The Role of the 28 Lunar Deities in Our Daily Life
  • Hoshi Matsuri: Celebrating the Lifeforce of the Stars
  • Sokushinjobutsu: Enlightenment in This Life and in This Body!
  • The Role of the Thirteen Buddhas in Life and Death
  • Obligation and Becoming Enlightened
  • Siddham, Vibration of the Lifeforce of the Universe
  • Shingon Meditation and Breathing Techniques
  • The Minds in the Mahavairocana Sutra, Chapter One
  • Experiencing the Seven Wealth Deities (Shichifukujin)
  • The Ten Paramitas from an Esoteric Perspective
  • Five Wisdoms in Shingon Meditations

We will also take suggestions for topics that will assist you in your growth and understanding of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism.

Although this is a very humble beginning, our vision is to establish courses that will eventually be at a university level and require joyful and meaningful study. Overall future plans include the establishment of a religious university with local and remote study focusing on Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi and "Enlightenment in This Life" (Sokushin Jobutsu.)

How to Establish a Daishiko
If you are interested in establishing a Daishiko sponsored by Tenchi-ji or wish to learn more, please contact Rev. Eijun Eidson by e-mail, regular mail or phone:

  • Rev. Eijun Eidson
    P.O. Box 3757 Pinedale Station
    Fresno, CA 93650-3757 USA

  • Phone: 209-322-8849
    Fax: 209-322-8849

  • email: beidson@shingon.org

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Establishing a Local Daishiko

Please send your comments and questions to: Rev. Eijun Bill Eidson
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