[Cross-posted from H-Asia]
Dear List Members,
I am currently reading an eighteenth-century hagiography of En no gyōja 役行者, the founder of Shugendō 修験道 mountain asceticism in Japan. In the text, the author mentions a mountain called Geling 葛嶺:
“In the northeast there is a mountain called Kongō 金剛. On the mountain resides the Bodhisattva Hōki 法喜菩薩. One thousand and two hundred people accompany him and hear his sermons…That is why Kongōzan 金剛山 is another name for Geling 葛嶺 (Ge Peak?).”
A paragraph later, En no gyōja visits China.
Unfortunately, I do not have access to a library at the moment. One possibly relevant mention I found on the internet is that Ge Hong 葛洪 is said to have written his alchemical treatises there (Ge Hong's Baopuzi was familiar to Shugendo authors). The only other reference I could find was to "Ge Hill" (Geling) in Hangzhou (in Duan Xiaolin’s The Rise of West Lake: A Cultural Landmark in the Song Dynasty. Univ. of Washington Press: 2020). It mentions the existence of religious sites along the “Ge Hill route.” I am looking for Buddhist or Daoist associations with this landmark.