History of this temple.
This temple was built 670 Ad. on the ruins [of chain manor] of Houryuuji temple, old roof tiles were found underground that attest to this. Today we can only see the rebuilt buildings that were built 700 years ago.
First called "Anyouji", which means temple where we can receive eternal comfort/peace, the name was changed due to Emon Saburou's (hi)story and is now called Ishiteji, which means hand with stone.
1200 years ago, Emon Saburou lived 10km from here, he was a rich farmer with a big storehouse, who wanted to become wealthy. One day a dirty monk came and begged him for some food or a place to stay the night. Saburou felt pity for the monk but he was so occupied with earning money that he denied the monk's request. The monk left and soon after, Saburou's sons died one by one. Saburou, regretting his decision of not helping the monk was unable to work anymore. He abandoned his house and possessions and left to find the monk he once neglected.
This is the beginning of the 88 temple pilgrimage, Saburou was the first "Henro-man".
Saburou, not having any money, was forced to stay outside, with little to no food or pillow to lay his head. He begged for a place to sleep, to no avail. Suddenly the realisation hit him,
he had become the man he once denied, now he was the monk.
Not everyone denied him, some people said: "please come in, have some food and stay if you want."
When Saburou was dying, the monk he once denied appeared, it was Kobo Daishi. Kobo Daishi asked him what he wanted and Saburou answered: "I want to be reborn so I can save people." What Saburou meant by this is that if another beggar came, he could could help him instead of denying him. And so Saburou was reborn with a closed hand, an Anyouji monk prayed and the hand opened, revealing a stone with the name of Emon Saburou written on it.
Go through the second cave to meditation room
go to mandara 15Buddhas,to get lecture of teaching og buddha.
and upsteares to be front of Fudou-god to crash our evil mind ,greedy not to share goods,anger to ged rid of someone or kill,arrogance to dispise,or sadness of self-bad -image,so on.these are what called evil mind as those do harmto others and spoil ourselves.
and in front of main Buddhas,the highest position on lotus stone.to get Buddhas happines by uttering Mantra and keep good mind .with Goko ,that toole crash our bad-mind with which sharp top,and get 5good-mind of buddhas.
With water of wisedom of buddha,we will hav three imotions,to continue practice,to get better ,to have kind mind for everybody.so on