Shugendō 修験道;


The following pages will introduce readers through the words of some of the most renowned figures across the various schools of Shugendo today. These are not academic articles but rather the words of experience from seasoned practitioners.


⚪ The first is by Shokai Koshikidake, current Head Priest of Kannon-ji Temple's Koshikidake Shugen Honshu

⚪ The second is by Riten Tanaka, previous Head Priest of Kinpusen-ji Temple's Kinpusen-Shugen Honshu.

⚪ The third is by Miyagi Tainen, current Head Priest of Shogo-in Temple's Honzan Shugen-shu

⚪ The fourth piece is by Kokai Shimazu, previous Head Priest of Kotaku-ji Shozen-in's Haguro Shugen-shu.

⚪ The fifth article is by Junnei Nakata, Head-priest of Daigo-ji and Sanbo-in's Tozan-ha Shugen-shu line.

⚪ Following this see: Further reading as well as interviews with Onoseki Ryuuka and Daisaburo Sakamoto.


The first two pieces were submitted for the Shugendo Cultural Studies Association magazine (also called Shugendo). 


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Translated by Jisho.



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