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Monk Jikaku Daishi Ennin (794 - 864 AD)




Monk Jikaku Daishi is one of the "Great Masters" or Head Abbots of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism.  He followed the founder of Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism, Monk Dengyo Daishi Saicho to head the Enryakuji Complex and the Tendai sect in Japan.  He is also popularly known as Ennin, hence the name Jikaku Daishi Ennin.


Monk Jikaku Daishi is known and respected as the restorer of the temples in Nikko National Park.  According to the temple history, he came to Nikko in 848 by the imperial order of Emperor Ninmei and founded Jinguji Temple (now a days known as Rinnoji Sanbutsudo Temple).


As the head of the Tendai sect, he spent much time in the Enryakuji Temple Complex on the Mt. Hiei in Kyoto.  In the Enryakuji Temple Complex, the Konpon Dojo (training hall) of Tendai Tantric Buddhism was originally planned by Monk Dengyo Daishi Saicho but founded and built by Jikaku Daishi Ennin in 862.

Nearby town of Yokawa is a holy site, where Monk Jikaku Daishi built Yokawa Chu-Do Temple.  This temple has been rebuilt after a fire in 1971 on the 1150th anniversary of the death of Monk Dengyo Daishi.  He is also responsible for Konpon Nyoho-to in Yokawa city, where sutra copying activity first practiced.

Yokawa holy site can be easily reached from the Enryakuji Temple complex.



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