五輪の塔 Five Tiered Stupa

Okunoin snow 1 2017 #4五輪の塔 Snowy Five Tiered Stupa

五輪塔 Gorintō is a “five-tiered stupa / five-element pagoda”

Everything in the universe is made from these five elements.

Kūkai (空海) extended this philosophy by adding another element “Shikidai” or consciousness.

Kūkai’s teaching is called “Rokudai” or Six Great Elements.

All of these symbols unify to represent “Dainichi / 大日如来Mahavairochana.

Okunoin Five Tiered Stupa 2017

The square “chirin” represents     “Earth” Bonji or Sanskrit “A”

 

The circle “suirin” represents       “Water”         Sanskrit “Va”

 

The triangle “karin” represents     “Fire”              “Ra”

The semi-circle “furin” represents “Wind”          “ ”

The jewel “kurin” represents         “Space ”          “ ”