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Shukubo Temple Lodge -EKOIN-

Entrance of Ekoin

Ekoin is one of Syukubo temple which accept guests in Koyasan."Eko" means to give thanks to our ancestors and hold a memorial service.The monk in charge of you will show you to your room and explanation of your room facilities, bringing dinner to your room, cleaning up after you finish eating,laying out bedding and putting away bedding.

Shojin Ryori

Shojin Ryori
All of the temples provide Koyasan vegetarian cuisine,known as shojin-ryori for the guest.Syojin-ryori are not include any meats.Neigher dose it use strong smell vegetables such as spring onion and garlic.The typical food of Koyasan Syojin-ryori are Koya-dohu,freeze dry tohu,and Goma-dohu,ground white sesame seeds and kuzu flour dissolved in water and served cold in tohu-like cake.The sashimi style of konnyaku,jelly-like food,made from the starch of devil's tongue,is a common dish of Koya Shojin ryori.

Morning mass

Morning mass
Ekoin have devoted thereselves to pray for the repose of ancestor's souls for more than a thousand year in ekoin.And this ceremony is to show daily apprecation

Goma fire

Goma fire ritual
The Goma ritual of consecrated fire is unique to Vajrayana and Esoteric Buddhism and is perhaps also the most mystical and cognitivery powerful.It stems from the Vedic Agnihotra Ritual and is performed by qualified priests and acharyas for the benefit of individuals, the state or all sentient begins in general.The consedrated fire is believed to have a powerful cleansing effect spiritually and psychologically.

The ritual is performed for the purpose of destroying negative energies,detrimental thoughts and desires,and for the making of secular requests and blessings.

In most Shingon temple,this ritual is performed daily in the morning or afternoon,and is a rquirement for all acharyas to learn thais ritual upon entering the priesthood.Larger scale ceremonies often include the constant beating of taiko drums and mass chanting of the mantra of Acalanathaby priests and lay pravtitioners.Flames can sometimes reach a few metres high.The combination of the ritual's visuals and sounds can be trance-inducing and make for a profound experience.

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