Seiryo-ji Temple (Shaka-do), Kyoto
Seiryo-ji Temple (Shaka-do), Kyoto

Seiryo-ji Temple (Shaka-do), Kyoto

Seiryo-ji Temple (Shaka-do), Kyoto

Commonly known as Shaka-do and situated on what was once Saga Moor in Kyoto, Seiryo-ji Temple is known for its highly venerated sandalwood image of Shaka (Shakyamuni), the historical Buddha. In 985, the monk Chonen went to China on a pilgrimage and commissioned a copy of the legendary Udayana Buddha, said to be an actual likeness made by the Indian King Udayana during the Buddha’s lifetime. The Udayana Buddha was subsequently moved to China and eventually lost during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. The Seiryo-ji Buddha is shown on the 8th and 19th of each month.

Credits: Tale of genji