Dear O-Henro ... Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are on our way to Jorakuji, one of the temples on the 88 temples pilgrimage on Shikoku Island. And of course all the temples are places to meditate and contemplate, but the roads between them are even more important. In the post of Managua Gunn of "Beautiful-Haibun" of yesterday (or today) in response on our last temple Shozanji I read a wonderful thought. I have to share that thought with you all, because I think it's the truth, the goal of a pilgrimage.
|Jorakuji (Temple 14)|
[...] "I am following the 88 temple spiritual quest, from a distance, and write one haibun a day in support of this quest, which takes place in Japan. This quest is called the Shikoku pilgrimage, and recently skirted Osaka. The act of walking from temple to temple is where the spirituality lies, on the road, in the questions formed, the information sought, without even the forming of hypothesi. The concept of searching by dropping all judgment and suspicion and other mental baggage is an appealing one". [...]
It 'hit' me as I read his post and especially this sentence: "The act of walking from temple to temple is where the spirituality lies, on the road, in the questions formed, the information sought, without even the forming of hypothesi".
my mind is open for God's lessons =
I think Managua says something here from which we can learn that every walk we made can be a pilgrimage and that's (in my opinion) a true saying. As I look at myself ... than I see that my thougths are always busy, but as I am walking my thoughts become quiet and than I can enjoy my surroundings ... As I enjoying my surroundings as I am walking the most spiritual ideas emerge from the depths of my heart. Every walk is a lesson which we have to cherish.
Jorakuji Temple is devoted to the Miroku Bosatsu Bodhisattva or Maitreya the Buddha of the future.
|Miroku Bosatsu or Maitreya|
together as one with nature
finding the truth