Sibley’s descriptions of the natural surroundings, the customs and etiquette, the temples and guesthouses will inspire any reader who has longed to escape the confines of everyday life and to embrace the emotional, psychological, and ...
Author: Robert C. Sibley
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Compelled to seek something more than what modern society has to offer, Robert Sibley turned to an ancient setting for help in recovering what has been lost. The Henro Michi is one of the oldest and most famous pilgrimage routes in Japan. It consists of a circuit of eighty-eight temples around the perimeter of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four main islands. Every henro, or pilgrim, is said to follow in the footsteps of Kōbō Daishi, the ninth-century ascetic who founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism. Over the course of two months, the author walked this 1,400-kilometer route (roughly 870 miles), visiting the sacred sites and performing their prescribed rituals.Although himself a gaijin, or foreigner, Sibley saw no other pilgrim on the trail who was not Japanese. Some of the people he met became not only close companions but also ardent teachers of the language and culture. These fellow pilgrims’ own stories add to the author’s narrative in unexpected and powerful ways. Sibley’s descriptions of the natural surroundings, the customs and etiquette, the temples and guesthouses will inspire any reader who has longed to escape the confines of everyday life and to embrace the emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of a pilgrimage.
Today Kukai is the omnipresent figure in the temples and along the way. With
Buddhism being something “imported” from Korea and China, preaching outside
temples and monasteries was forbidden, but in the 7th century, a mystic named ...
Author: Oliver Dunskus
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
This guidebook has been written for travelers and pilgrims who intend to visit some of the 88 temples of Shikoku, or maybe even plan to walk the entire pilgrimage. In addition to the history of the temples, it covers in detail the routes between the temples and provides additional information on how to organize the pilgrimage and adds cultural and historic background.
- Evocative photographs of one of the world's most famous pilgimages - All 88 temples illustrated and discussed - Includes accounts by former pilgrims The Shikoku Pilgrimage on the island of the same name is one of the few circular ...
Author: John Lander
- Evocative photographs of one of the world's most famous pilgimages - All 88 temples illustrated and discussed - Includes accounts by former pilgrims The Shikoku Pilgrimage on the island of the same name is one of the few circular pilgrimages in the world. At 1,200 kilometers in length, the trail includes 88 temples and passes through diverse countryside such as idyllic bamboo groves, deserted beaches and ordinary Japanese neighborhoods. There is a long tradition of pilgrimage in Japan, dating back at least to the time of the renowned monk, poet and philosopher Kobo Daishi (774-825) who is particularly associated with this trail. John Lander, long-time resident of Japan, author and photographer, has visited and recorded every temple in evocative images, as well as providing fascinating details about the origin of the trail and what the pilgrimage means to the thousands who undertake it every year. The pilgrimage is undertaken for many reasons - to have a time of reflection away from everyday life, as a spiritual journey or as a healing period after a traumatic life experience. Along the way, pilgrims will encounter ordinary Japanese people and learn to understand the custom of o-settai, or charitable giving.
Buddhist and Jaina History of the Deccan Aloka Parasher-Sen. 88 Temple
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Author: Aloka Parasher-Sen
Festschrift volume of Prof. Bhattiprolu Sri Lakshmi Hanumantha Rao (1924-1993), a noted historian of India.
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Author: Carl Bock
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Having written a memorable account of his journey to Borneo and Sumatra, Carl Bock made another remarkable expedition to the Southeast Asian Mainland. With vivid detail and telling anecdote, Bock describes his journey from Bangkok to the region between Burma, Laos, and Thailand know today as the Golden Triangle. Bock restores old Siam to life in a book that remains exciting to read a century after its original publication.
Craig was a 'walking henro' in the summer of 1995 and this book contains the tales of his journey. This is one of five books available on Amazon about McLachlan's various adventures in Japan.
Author: Craig McLachlan
Pilgrims, or 'henro' as they are known in Japanese, have been walking clockwise around Shikoku, Japan's fourth largest island, for well over one thousand years. They follow in the footsteps of the great Buddhist saint Kobo-daishi, searching for the ever elusive enlightenment that he found there. They visit the 88 sacred temples, and in overcoming the hardships of the journey they become better for it. Or so the theory goes! Nowadays nearly all 'henro' travel in cars, taxis or buses, and physical hardship doesn't come into it! Craig was a 'walking henro' in the summer of 1995 and this book contains the tales of his journey. This is one of five books available on Amazon about McLachlan's various adventures in Japan. He has also walked the length of Japan (3200kms in 99 days!), climbed Japan's 100 Famous Mountains in record time (78 days!), journeyed around the Saigoku 33 Temples of Kannon Pilgrimage, and trekked from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean climbing all Japan's 3,000-meter peaks along the way. See www.craigmclachlan.com.
Author: Nicholas Bornoff
Take a tour of Japan guided by National Geographic -- for generations synonymous with the thrill of discovery and exploration. Featured sites include both famous and lesser known places, selected to help you experience the country in a fresh and exciting way. * In-depth site descriptions and background information * Insightful features on history, culture, and contemporary life * More than 290 vivid color photographs * 21 detailed, full-color maps * Mapped walking tours * Specially commissioned artwork * Clear, easy-to-use design * Complete visitor information plus hotels, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment and festivals
Author: Nicholas Bornoff
A popular series of guidebooks for the modern-day traveler offering information on cities and countries around the world continues, presenting up-to-date backgrounds and descriptions, detailed maps, hundreds of photographs, and much more, including walking and driving tours, visitor information directories, and cultural sidebars.
Author: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc. Staff
Fodor's EXPLORING GUIDES are a great add-on for travelers who have already purchased a general guide. Revised and updated every two years, these cultural guides feature color photography and archival illustrations throughout. A special rating system identifies not-to-be-missed sights, and sidebars contain information on local color, personalities, culture, and history, and much more. City and regional maps.