The world's most authentic Samurai Temple - Non-Denominational Indo-Japanese Buddhism
The most authentic Buddhist practices of the Samurai being taught to the next generation.
The Samurai Generals were also devout Buddhist priests who founded their own temples. At the Indo-Japan Samurai Temple, we observe the Buddhist traditions of the Samurai in the most authoritative way. Here are a few details:
1] VENERATION OF THE BUDDHIST RELICS:
We are one of the only temples in the world to have the actual Sharira relics of the Lord Buddha -- documented by authorities in both India and Japan. We have very rare ancient stupas -- over 2000 years old -- and we use them in prayer services.
2] WORSHIPING THE SUPREME BUDDHIST GOD KANNON
We worship Senju-Kannon -- the Supreme universal Buddhist God/Goddess Who was the main God of Nalanda -- and the God of the Enkouji temple founded by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu himself. Even today, Japan's most popular temples from Kiyumizu Dera to Sanjusangendo worship Senju Kannon in a non-denominational way. We also honor the Warrior manifestations of Kannon -- mainly Nio and Bishamonten Who are seen in most major temples across Japan -- as well as Amida -- the Heavenly manifestation of Kannon. Our altar has rare, ancient temple statuary from Japan -- including the holiest sites of Mount Koya and Todaiji Temple.
3] HONORING TOKUGAWA CLAN
Furthermore, we have a rare altar dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu -- including relics from Nikko Toshogu and displaying the real armour and swords of the Great General. Our loyalty is to the Tokugawa Clan that saved Buddhism -- and like most Japanese, we believe that Tokugawa lives on as a Bodhisattva in heaven.
4] LOTUS SUTRA & KEY MAHANAYA SUTRAS
In the Tendai tradition of Tokugawa, we revere the Lotus Sutra and we are the only temple in the world that chants the Lotus Sutra in Sanskrit as well as Japanese in honor of Prince Shotoku Taishi. We also study the Nirvana Sutra as well as the Golden Light Sutra, Srimala Sutra and Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra that played important roles in Japan's history including Protection of the State.
5] BODHIDHARMA & BODHISENA -- Indian saints revered in Japan.
In addition, we also honor Daruma -- the Patron Saint of the Samurai and founder of Shaolin Kung Fu-- and promote meditation and martial arts in his honor. Likewise, we honor Bodhisena, who inaugurated the world's largest temple of Todaiji in Nara making Buddhism the official religion of the Japanese. We also respect Kumarajiva and the Nalanda sages of ancient India -- as well as Japanese saints Saicho, Kukai, Honen, Shinran, Nichiren and Dogen Zenji who preserved their lineages in Japan.