The Buddhist Images of Kiyomizu-dera
The ancient temple of Kiyomizu-dera is located in eastern Kyoto, in the foothills of Mount Otowa, and dates to the late 8th century. Its name derives from the pure water flowing from the mountain’s waterfall, which collects in a basin below the main hall. Visitors can catch and drink the water, which is believed to have wish-granting powers. The temple enshrines many Buddhist images in a complex of buildings, but few are open to the public. The secret icons in the main hall, for instance, are worshipped from outside the portable shrines that house them. Replete with historical information, drawings, and photographs, this book explores the temple and its icons in extensive detail.
|104 p, ills colour & bw, 18 x 24 cm, pb, Japanese/English