Dear O-Henro ... Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Today we are entering the last temple of the first part of our Shikoku Pilgrimage. Today that's Enko-ji (Temple 39) at Sukumo Kochi Prefecture, it's also the last temple in Kochi prefecture. After this episode we will enter Ehime Prefecture, the third of four prefectures we will cross during this pilgrimage. (You can find our new prompt-list for March HERE)
Enko-ji temple is devoted to Yakushi Nyorai or the Buddha of Medicine and Healing. It is said that he entered in the state of Samadhi ("Eliminating All the Suffering and Afflictions of Sentient Beings."), a very deep concentration and part of the Noble Eightfold Path.
|Dharma Wheel, representing the Noble Eightfold Path|
It's in this Zen thought that the haiku-poets are composing their haiku. I have sought for a few examples and I have found the following by Issa:
suzushisa ni katajikenasa no yo tsuyu kana
for the cool, cool air...
yagate shinu keshiki wa miezu semi no koe
soon to die,
yet no sign of it:
a cicada's cry
And what do you think of this one written by myself:
around the farmer's house -
lowing of a cow
What do you think of these haiku ... in my opinion they're giving a great view on what "gratefull acceptance" is ... the simplicity of all days situations are accepted in gratitude. In other words "be happy with that what is given to you, it's all in the little things".
Well ... this was our last episode of Carpe Diem's first part of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Tomorrow we will go on further on our pilgrimage starting at the first temple on the Shikoku trail in Ehime Prefecture at Ainan, that temple is named "Kanjizai-ji" and is also devoted to the Buddha of Medicine and Healing.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until March 2nd 11.59 AM (CET).