342 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Phone: (213) 624 − 1267

Fax: (213) 625 − 2197

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The Koyasan Buddhist Temple, formerly known as "Daishi Kyokai", is located on East 1st Street in Little Tokyo area near the Civic Center of Los Angeles. The Temple is officially known as "Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin of Los Angeles" and is a state recognized non-profit religious organization.

The Temple is opened daily to visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; however, closed during the time of private services and meetings. Appointments can be made by calling the office. A head priest (Shukan) and associate ministers serve and administer the Shingon Buddhist mission at the Temple. In addition, staff members oversee the management and operations of the Temple. The ministers and staff welcome visitors in both Japanese and English.

The Temple building consists of a main hall containing a grand scale altar where traditional esoteric rituals are performed. The altar contains many decorative objects of Buddhist symbols such as the twin mandalas, scrolls, and banners. Japanese art and religious objects such as stone lanterns and statues are displayed by the entryway of the building. A Nokotsudo shrine (columbarium) is located in the main hall.

The Temple provides services and education to its members and community. In addition to the traditional services and rites, the Temple holds funerals, memorials, gokito, blessings, and weddings. Omamori (amulets), ofuda (talismans), omikuji (fortunes), ojuzu (rosaries) and hamaya (lucky arrows) are available. Financial and spiritual contributions from members, friends and the public support the Temple's mission and activities.

Koyasan Buddhist Temple
Koyasan Buddhist Temple

The mission of the Koyasan Buddhist Temple is to propagate Buddhism in general and specifically Koyasan Shingon Buddhism and teachings of Kobo Daishi.

The Koyasan Buddhist Temple belongs to the Koyasan Shingon Mission founded by Kobo Daishi (774-835 A.D.) and refers to one of Mahayana Buddhist Schools. The Temple serves as the North American regional headquarters of the Koyasan Shingon Mission. A satellite of the Temple is located in Harbor City (CA). Other affiliated Shingon temples in the United States are located in Sacramento (CA), Fresno (CA) and Seattle (WA).

Kobo Daishi
Kobo Daishi

Shingon or "True Word" Buddhism shows the way of finding everlasting peace and harmony among people through the chanting of mantras (true mystical words). It is also call "Esoteric/Tantric Buddhism" in general. According to the teachings of Kobo Daishi, the religious way of Shingon Buddhist mission aims at enlightenment in this very life by transforming the human conditions to cosmological terms through the acts of the Three Mysteries (San-mitsu); namely, forming a mudra (body), chanting mantras (speech), and meditating (mind). More precisely, it is the way of finding everlasting peace in this life and becoming the Enlightened One in this existence through the practice of San-mitsu.

Mahavairocana Buddha

In the fall of 1912, the Koyasan Buddhist Temple was founded to support the needs and spiritual guidance of Japanese immigrants. The temple was formally organized as "Koyasan Daishi Kyokai of Los Angeles" by Rev. Shutai Aoyama, a native priest of Toyama-ken, Japan. It started as an association of Daishi members at Elysian Park. The temple moved to Commercial Street in Downtown Los Angeles in 1913 and to Central Avenue, presently the grounds near the Japanese-American National Museum in Little Tokyo, in 1920. What physically remains and marks the former location of the Koyasan Daishi Mission is the Aoyama Tree, a 60-70 foot Moreton Bay Fig Tree, that was given Historic-Cultural Monument status in 2008.

Bishop Shutai Aoyama
Bishop Shutai Aoyama

The Temple was elevated to the status of Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin and authorized by the Koyasan Headquarters of Japan in 1935. In keeping abreast with the growth of the Daishi Mission, a new temple was constructed at the present site, 342 E. 1st Street, under the leadership of Bishop Seytsu Takahashi in 1940. With the breakout of war in 1942, the Temple was closed. All Daishi members were incarcerated and relocated to Japanese internment camps in the U.S. for more than three years. The Temple mission restarted with Issei and Nissei Daishi members returning from the camps in 1946.

The Temple expanded with the Harbor City Koyasan Church being founded in 1951 under the direction of Rev. Ryosho Sogabe. From the 1950s to 1980s, the local Japanese communites and groups weekly used the main hall of the Temple for various performances of Japanese cultural programs.

On November 18, 2012, the 100th annivesary was celebrated under the direction of Bishop Emeritus Taisen Miyata and officated by Bishop Ekan Ikeguchi, Maha Acharya of Koyasan Shingon Mission, with attending ministers from Japan.