A Statue of Buddha at Konkai Komyoji Temple
Konkai Komyoji (金戒光明寺), also known as Kurotani-san (くろ谷さん), is a famous temple of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism called Jodo shu (浄土宗) in Kyoto. There are many must-see spots at this temple, and my favorite is this statue of Buddha with a very unique hair style.
The hair style came from a story of a Buddha whose official name is “Goko shiyui amidabutsu (ごこうしゆいあみだぶつ)”, who pursued his learning in order to save people for immeasurable period of time without caring his appearance. He never cut his hair during the practice and the hair stretched and curled as much as they can.
Every time I see this Buddha’s expression, I feel uplifted. Because his hair proves his love for human beings.
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