Kuramadera Temple

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Kurama, Japan

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Kuramadera temple Dec 24, 2008
Kuramadera temple was founded in 770 when the monk Gantei left Nara's Toshodai-ji in search of a wilderness sanctuary in which to meditate. While wandering in the hills north of Kyoto, he came across a white horse which him to the valley of Kurama.

After seeing a vision of the deity Bishamon-ten, a guardian of the northern quarter of the Buddhist heaven, he established Kuramadera in its present location just below the peak of Kurama.

Originally belonging to the Tendai sect, since 1949 Kurama has been independent describing its own brand as Kurama-Kyo. Kuramadera is also the place where the warrior Minamoto Yoshitsune was trained by a Tengu goblin before joining the mighty Minamoto clan.
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a lion guarding Kuramadera temple
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