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Zazen Stone at Taicho-ji Temple

The stone a child Taicho trained and meditated on

Taicho Daishi, the famous Shugendo monk of the Nara Period, was born here in 682. As a child he played with clay and created many Buddha statues. People called him a child prodigy, and he used to practice Zazen on this stone (Zazen Stone) all day long. During the eighty-six years of his life, he traveled to more than 20 prefectures, visited five-hundred places all over Japan, preached to people, built temples, created statues, climbed and trained in the mountains, worked on flood control in villages, built roads, and much more. His whole life was dedicated to the people and to Buddha, which earned him the reverential nickname, 'Etsu-no Daitoku (Man of Great Virtue in Echizen)'. Now, his 'Zazen Stone' is preserved here inside Taicho-ji Temple in Fukui, together with a cedar tree beside it that has been here since Taicho's childhood.

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