Dear O-Henro ... Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Well ... here it is our 392th episode which was delayed. It will not become a very long episode, because time is not at my side, but I had to go on with our pilgrimage along the 88 temples of Shikoku Island.
Today we visit Anrakuji.Anraku-ji (安楽寺?) is a Kōya-san Shingon temple in Kamiita, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. Temple 6 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage, the main image is of Yakushi Nyorai. The temple is said to have been founded by Kōbō Daishi, who carved the image. The Hōjō (1751–1829) has been placed on the cultural properties register. Anraku-ji has played an influential role in the Shikoku Reijōkai (Shikoku Pilgrimage Association), providing its first head in 1956.
This temple is in honor of Bhaisajyaguru, or the Buddha of healing and medicine. He is described as a doctor who heals through the medicine of his teachings, in other words: Bhaisajyaguru heals through chanting mantras, as we know for example in shamanism and tengrism.
Bhaisajyaguru is described in the so called Medicine Buddha Sutra in which his 12 great vows are mentioned. These 12 vows are:
2. To awaken the minds of sentient beings through his light of lapis lazuli.
3. To provide the sentient beings with whatever material needs they require.
4. To correct heretical views and inspire beings toward the path of the Bodhisattva.
5. To help beings follow the Moral Precepts, even if they failed before.
6. To heal beings born with deformities, illness or other physical sufferings.
7. To help relieve the destitute and the sick.
8. To help women who wish to be reborn as men achieve their desired rebirth.
9. To help heal mental afflictions and delusions.
10. To help the oppressed be free from suffering.
11. To relieve those who suffer from terrible hunger and thirst.
12. To help clothe those who are destitute and suffering from cold and mosquitoes
|Buddha of Healing and Medicine|
nature is healing again -
young green leaves
in the first rays of the morning sun -
a butterfly rises
drying it's young blue wings
to live fully