Kobo-daishi Kukai, as a guardian of children
Kukai was a priest of 1200 years ago who went to China to study Buddhism and came back.
He spreaded Buddhism, and his sect was called Shingon-shu.
He is also called Odaishi-sama, meaning Big Master.
Suffering people worshipped him as the savior.
Especially, for children, Odaishi-sama has always been the guardian.
The worship is mingled with the worship of Jizo, whose deity is the guardian of children.
JIZO (Jizou, Jizoo)
Sanskrit: Ksitigarbha or Ksitegarbha
Guardian of Souls in Hell
Savior from the Torments of Hell
Master of Six States of Reincarnation
Protector of Children, Expectant Mothers, Firemen, Travelers, and Pilgrims
Protector of Aborted or Miscarried Babies
Guardian of Children Who Die Prematurely
In Japan, the weather has been so tough in this new year. Snow! More than 100 people lost their lives because of the unusually heavy snowfall in January.
For the souls of the victims, I would like to write about Odaishi-sama and Ojizo-sama this month.
JIZO BODHISATTVA is thought to be a guardian god for children and suffering people. So there are many temples in Japan where you pray to Jizo for health, safety, and happiness of your children. Odaishi-sama, Kukai was a real existence. He is worshipped by common people just as Jizo is.
In my town Karatsu, there also is an old Odaishi-sama temple. One of these days, I visited the place, Kakurinji, or, Koyasu-san, meaning child-safety temple, and prayed for my grandson Asahi's health and safety.
You are invited to see the temple around in this page. Have a nice time!