Protect your computer

Let the protective power of the Twelve Divine Generals work for your computer. Install this desktop picture changer, which will display the right General for each hour of the day. In the same way the Generals protect the Buddha in the Shin-Yakushi Temple, they will protect your computer from viruses, crashes and the "Blue Screen of Death".

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Shin-Yakushi Temple

The Shin-Yakushi Temple in Nara (Japan) was founded in 747 by the Empress Komyo (701-760), the pious consort of the Emperor Shomu, in order to offer ardent prayers for the recovery of her husband from an eye affection. It is the only building in Japan of the Tempyo Period (8th century) which is kept in its original condition, since all other buildings of that period have been destroyed by fire.

The temple is a fine achievement in engineering. All the timbers are perfectly fixed together and not a single timber is useless; at the same time they have a decorative effect.

Many stylistic elements of Greek art reached the Far East along with Buddhism. The Shin-Yakushi Temple shows clearly the distant influence of classical Greek temple architecture. Temples built at a later period adapted the style to Japanese conditions. The Grecian sanctuaries build of stone have been destroyed with the lapse of time, so it is surprising that a wooden building of Grecian style has survived in Japan. This temple is priceless cultural heritage of Japan.

The Buddha Yakushi

This Buddha is a patron of medicine and is carved of one block of Kaya (Torreya) wood in the 8th century. The leaf design, which appears on the halo of the main Buddha, is a Greek motif. The figure is a national treasure.

The Twelve Divine Generals

These twelve figures standing in a circle around the main Buddha were made of clay in the 8th century. The costumes of the Generals look like those of Middle Eastern countries.

Each General protects the main Buddha Yakushi for 2 hours per day. In addition, each General protects the Buddha for one year, based on the Chinese calendar. Each Chinese year is connected to a zodiac, such as dog, rat or snake.