Kannon Overlooking Kyoto
A monk, named Kenshin, had a dream one night. He dreamed of a man dressed in white leading him to a spring in the north. We awoke and ventured to the north, discovering a pure water spring upon Mt. Otowa. There, he met a hermit who introduced himself as Gyoei-Koji. He lived near the spring and said to Kenshin, "I've been waiting for you. Please carve this tree into a statue of the thousand-armed Kannon to guard this sacred place of Kannon.” Soon after, Gyoei-Koji disappeared. Kenshin concluded that Gyoei was none other than Kannon, the Bodhisattva of compassion, a revered, enlightened teacher known well across Asia. There, a temple is constructed, called the Pure Water temple, or Kiyomizu Dera.