Kamakura no Daibutsu-san

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Daibutsu, Kamakura

The Great Buddha (Daibutsu) of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha. With a height of 13 metres it is the second largest ancient Buddha statue in Japan. The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the building was washed away by a tsunami in the end of the 15th century. Of the three most widely known giant Buddha statues from old Japan the Nara Daibutsu (15 metres) was built in 752, but recast 1692. The Kyoto Daibutsu (48 metres) was destroyed in a fire in 1602. 

The key practice for Amida belief is simply to chant Namu Amida Butsu. The main thing is that Amida Buddha has promised to save all who rely on him and that the believer avoids trusting in his or her own power. Enlightenment (satori) is realised only when one is not conscious of satori. 


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