"Go see the BIG Buddha (Daibutsu)" Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kotoku-in Temple) Tip by KevinMichael

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Kamakura's Great Buddha is located at Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura city. From Kamakura station it is only a short 15 minute bus ride (or 30 minute walk). The bronze statue is that of Amida Buddha. Amidism, one of Japan's many schools of Buddhist thought, contends that through devotion to Amitabha & recitation of his name, one can be reborn and live a happy life until one finally reaches Nirvana. This school of thought is very common throughout Japan. One of it's most famous mantras is chanted as "Nama ami dabutsu". Sorry, I can't translate this. I've heard it recited over and over again at a number of different Buddhist ceremonies.

*Personal note: As an optimist, I'd rather just keep coming back again. I'm not looking forward to Nirvana as... I think it sounds like being dead forever.

Regardless of whatever your beliefs are, this is a holy place. In the very least, out of consideration for what the temple represents and for all that hold it with the deepest regards, it is best to be respectful.

*one other note: Regarding Buddism, belief isn't necessary. Whether you believe or not. If it's real, then it'll happen whether one believes or not. Reality's construct is not set by the mind of the believer. "What is" is regardless of the mindset of the believer. {Not really a religious point, but more so, a point of logic}.

Address: Kotokuin Temple
Directions: Take the proper decignated bus from Kamakura station. The bus will drop you off right outside the temple.
In Japanese you can ask, "Sumimasen. Kono busu wa Daibutsu ni ikimasu ka". (Does this bus go to the Great Buddha?)

Phone: +81 467-22-0703
Website: http://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/top.html

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  • Updated Aug 14, 2006
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