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Shinyakushi-ji Temple

Shinyakushi-ji Temple

This temple was founded in 747 by Empress Kōmyō, who constructed a Golden Hall (J., Kondō) and seven Yakushi Buddhist figures to pray for Emperor Shōmu’s recovery when he was ill. The name Shinyakushi-ji, meaning “New Yakushi Temple,” in contrast to the earlier temple of Yakushi-ji located in the western part of the ancient capital (present-day Nishinokyō), appears in documents dating from roughly 748. They tell us that temple structures were largely complete in 772 but were thereafter damaged by lightning, typhoons, and other natural disasters. The present temple buildings were completed during the Kamakura period.

The Main Hall (J., Hondō) of Shinyakushi-ji Temple was built in the Nara period. The principal statue of the Buddha Yakushi (Skt. Bhaisajyaguru) is enshrined in the center of the hall. It is surrounded by statues of the Twelve Divine Generals, considered masterworks of clay sculptures of the Tenpyō period.

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