Temple of woman's protection and realignment of relationship
This is a temple related to separation and matchmaking of relationships.
The belief comes from the two old stories:
Historically in the precinct the deities of matchmaking and separation have been enshrined.
During the early 1930’s, a geisha took refuge from an unhappy relationship at FUKUIN.
FUKUIN will listen to the people wishing to separate from unhealthy relationships, and hoping to make happy relations. And if wished, we offer our prayer service for the wishes.
The syncretization of Buddhist and Shinto traditions
FUKUIN is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the serene surroundings of Takabatake-area, originally sited within the shrine precinct of Kasuga Taisha. It has a vermillion torii gate of Shinto within in its garden.
Here, the principal image of worship is the Fuku-kensak-kannon, an incarnation of Takemikazuchi, one of the four gods of Kasuga Taisha.
FUKUIN in recent years
Many of FUKUIN structures were destroyed due to earthquake of 1854, and unfortunately once this temple had been abandoned.
Mitani Kōgen (1893-1963), a monk of the Taisho period, repaired the ruined temple leading to its revival.
Since then, FUKUIN continues to deliver the light of Shingon-shu and Risshu as a branch temple of Saidai-ji, the headquarters of Shingon- Risshu.
History of our sect: Shingon-Risshu
Shingon-Risshu is a comparatively small school of esoteric Buddhism in Japan.
This place was said to be once a residence of Jianzhen (688-763), a Chinese monk and propagator of Buddhism to Japan. He founded the Risshu school at Tōshōdai-ji.
Kūkai (774-835) a Japanese monk, civil servant, scholar, poet, artist and founder of the Shingon-shu school of Buddhism also stayed at FUKUIN during the early Heian period.
Later, Eison (1202-1290) and 3 monks integrated the above two schools to form the Shingon-Risshu at Saidai-ji, educating many young monks to ordain as priests.