Excerpts from Kobo daishi ikkan no sho (Kobo Daishi’s Book)

Kobo Daishi


Monju, the holy one, first opened this path; Kobo of Kongo then revived it. Without male and female, its pleasures are like an endless circle; men shout with pleasure when they attain entrance (Ikkyu, 1394-1481)


Kukai brought the esoteric tradition of Shingon (True Word) Buddhism to Japan after returning from an Imperial Mission to China in 806. In China, he studied for two years under the Chinese master Hui-ko (764-805), who transmitted its mysteries to Kukai orally. Once Kukai returned to Japan, he opened the famous temple complex Mt. Koya in Wakayama prefecture, and gained an immense following. He also opened a Shingon temple in the Inner Palace (the private living quarters of the Imperial family) in Kyoto under Emperor Nimmyo, just before his death in 835.

In 921, the Emperor conferred the title Kobo Daishi (Great Teacher Transmitting the Dharma) on him in recognition of his great contributions to Japanese culture and the immense spiritual influence he held over the Japanese. Kukai is the stuff of legend and today ranks among one of the great divine beings (kami sama) who protect Japan.

Kobo Daishi’s Book, written in 1598, claims to reveal Shingon’s secret teachings regarding the love of boys. Part one describes hand positions, or mudras, used by young acolytes to communicate their feelings to priests. Part two advises¬†priests how to evaluate an acolyte’s emotions, and part three describes methods of anal sex.

Part One

1) If an acolyte clenches his fingers, from the index finger to the little finger, it means “You are the only one I love.”

2) If an acolyte clenches both hands completely except for one thumb, it means “I acknowledge your love and will make myself yours to do with as you please.”

3) If an acolyte touches the index and middle finger to his thumb, it means he wants to see you.

4) If an acolyte flips the tassle of his fan, it is an invitation to visit.

5) If an acolyte forms the a circle with the index finger and thumb on both hands, it means “Tonight.” If he uses the middle finger, it means “Tomorrow night.” And if he uses the ring finger, it means “Some other time.”

Mt Koya

Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture

Part Two 

1. After an acolyte has spoken, observe him carefully. The acolyte who speaks quietly is sensitive to love. To such a boy, show your sincerity by being somewhat shy. Make your interest in him clear by leaning against his lap. When you remove his robes, calm him by explaining exactly what you will be doing.

White snow on a mountain peak turns to pure water on the rocks and finally flows down.

As the poem illustrates, snow on even the highest mountain peak is destined to melt and flow downward. Likewise, no matter how lacking in sensitivity to the mysteries of love an acolyte may be, he can be made yours if you approach him right.

Part Three

1) There is a method called skylark rising. The ass is raised in the air like a skylark rising in the sky. Insertion is painless.

2) Always keep ‘cut plums’ on hand in case you want to attempt insertion without saliva.

(This information was taken from Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender, ed. Jose Ignacio Cabezon)