The Great Stupa in Glorious Brilliance
by Gimyo Inaba, Head of Koyasan Shingon-shu
Since the autumn of 1995 we have been working on the Great Heisei
Restoration Project at Koyasan. Temples and churches throughout
Japan, members of Kongoko (Vajra Dance Groups), floral arrangement
groups and all the congregations have given the project their
earnest consent and cooperation. The goal included three large
projects: 1. Repairs on the roof of the Great Lecture Hall of
the Daishi Kyokai Headquarters, 2. Repainting and restoration
of the Great Stupa, and 3. Restoration of the wall paintings of
the Sixteen Bodhisattvas within the Great Stupa. We have completed
all three projects and have celebrated the event with a ceremony.
I express my deep gratitude to those who have made everything possible. We have solemnly completed all of the activities and ceremonies, with the resolute hope that Odaishi-sama's divine teachings would become the light source illuminating the new world. These three days on Koyasan have been as if Odaishi-sama's divine teaching's, Buddha and ourselves have become one as if the Pure Land appeared. There is no greater happiness for me to know that those who attended this most unusual event were also able to gratefully experience "the Joy of Dharma."
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