Buddhist TemplesTemples are the places of worship in JapaneseBuddhism. Virtually every Japanesemunicipality has at least one temple, whilelarge cultural centers like Kyoto have severalthousands.Temples store and display sacred Buddhistobjects. Some temples used to be monasteries,and some still function as such. Structurestypically found at Japanese temples are:
Main HallLecture halls are for meetings andlectures and often also displayobjects of worship. Lecture hallsare called kodo.Lecture HallThe sacred objects of worship,such as statues, are displayed inthe main hall. Main halls arecalled kondo, hondo, butsuden,amidado or hatto in Japanese.
PagodaGates mark the entrance to thetemple grounds. There is usuallyone main gate, and possibly severaladditional gates, along the templesmain approach.GatesThe pagoda, a structure that hasevolved from the Indian stupa, usuallycomes with three (sanju no to) or five(goju no to) stories. Pagodas storeremains of the Buddha such as a tooth,usually in form of a representation.
BellsMost cemeteries in Japan are Buddhistand are located at a temple. TheJapanese visit their ancestors graveson many occasions during the year,especially during the obon week, theequinoctial weeks and anniversaries.CemeteryOn New Years Eve, temple bells arerung 108 times, corresponding to theBuddhist concept of 108 worldlydesires.
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