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IN SHINGON BUDDHISM there are many buddhas in whom followers have a special sacred connection. Each have special characteristics for which they are believed in. These many buddhas have their own special vows and powers of salvation. This is just as it is with people in society, all of whom serve in the world with their own specialties in various spheres. For example, the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha (Jizô), Acala Vidyârâja (Fudô Myôô), Bishamonten, Benten, and Kôbô Daishi, who became a buddha, can all be the main deity around which people focus their belief in different temples.

The Thirteen Buddhas of the Shingon School


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