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In 1013 the risshi (teacher) monk named Kaiju from the Enryaku temple, high on Mount Hiei overlooking Kyõto, led a band of fifty heavily armed monks into the grounds of another compound also on Mount Hiei.
Dressed in full armour and armed with bows and arrows, swords and glaives, Kaiju and his band of monks destroyed thousands of Tendai sutras that had been imported from China along with several Buddhist statues. After chasing out Henkyu and his monks they set fire to his temple hall, burning it to the ground. Kaiju and his band of warrior monks then set up a perimeter around Henkyu’s compound, placing bonfires at all the corners to eliminate the advantage of darkness, and when Henkyu’s monks returned they were shot at and driven from the mountain.
The reason for this attack?
Kaiju claimed that Henkyu, an ajari (master), was performing curses against him! Kaiju had an inkling that curses were being used against him when he fell ill during a magical incantation to call upon Dainichi Nyorai (Mahāvairocana, the celestial Buddha).
Henkyu was a master genjutsushi or master of genjutsu. Genjutsu is magic based on the teachings of Mikkyõ (secret, hidden magical Buddhism). Henkyu had earlier that year shown a vision to the monks of a man in hell being gruesomely tortured!
Kaiju was convinced that Henkyu had a grudge against him and had put a magical spell on him. He swore to use force against any monk who dared use the methods of genjutsu against him.