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.
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.
It was a physical display of enlightenment – a perfect symbol for the completion of
the 88 temple pilgrimage. In that moment, I felt God. Rei, Tomoki, and I prayed
together one last time. Then, as always on the 88, we said goodbye to continue ...
Author: Matt Jardine
Publisher: Balboa Press
On the Japanese island of Shikoku, amidst mountains, coasts, and bamboo forests, lies one of the worlds most sacred trailsthe eighty-eight-temple pilgrimage. Inspired by Paulo Coelho (author of the Alchemist) and driven by dissatisfaction with the day-to-day grind, Matt Jardine embarks on a journey in search of answers to lifes great questions, mysteries that confound us all. Heartfelt, accessible, humorous, and profound, what he discovers is that the hardest path is rarely the one we walk outside, but the one we walk within.
WALKING THE 88 TEMPLE PILGRIMAGE The (pilgrim on the 88 Temple walk) is
one of the most distinctive sights of any trip to ... figures in white, trudging
purposefully through heat haze and downpour alike on their way from temple to
Author: Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Japan is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore a bamboo grove in Arashiyama, marvel at Shinto and Buddhist architecture in Kyoto, or relax in the hot springs of Noboribetsu Onsen; all with your trusted travel companion.
Although each of the 88 temples has a hall that enshrines Kūkai (Daishidō), ... is
traveling the circuit, also in pilgrim's garb, but going in the direction opposite from
contemporary pilgrims, who are told they may pass Kūkai along the way.
Author: William E. Deal
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism offers a comprehensive, nuanced, and chronological account of the evolution of Buddhist religion in Japan from the sixth century to the present day. Traces each period of Japanese history to reveal the complex and often controversial histories of Japanese Buddhists and their unfolding narratives Examines relevant social, political, and transcultural contexts, and places an emphasis on Japanese Buddhist discourses and material culture Addresses the increasing competition between Buddhist, Shinto, and Neo-Confucian world-views through to the mid-nineteenth century Informed by the most recent research, including the latest Japanese and Western scholarship Illustrates the richness and complexity of Japanese Buddhism as a lived religion, offering readers a glimpse into the development of this complex and often misunderstood tradition
Absorbing and harrowing, capturing the more ominous aspects of the society it describes.
Author: Charlie Canning
Absorbing and harrowing, capturing the more ominous aspects of the society it describes. The reader is immersed in the situation from the outset and kept there till the end. Powerfully realized and tellingly paced. Ciaran Murray, The Secret Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Seven juvenile offenders on leave from various reform schools are doing a 1,300-kilometer temple pilgrimage on foot with a counselor and some assigned wardens from the state. Upon completing the pilgrimage, they will be released. Will they rejoin society or leave it for good?
This pilgrimage is comprised of 88 temples that are traditionally associated with
Kobo Daishi. Wherever the pilgrims started from, they made a circuit route visiting
each temple. Pilgrims pass through the four provinces of Shikoku (Awa, Tosa, ...
Author: Jaan Valsiner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The goal of cultural psychology is to explain the ways in which human cultural constructions -- for example, rituals, stereotypes, and meanings -- organize and direct human acting, feeling, and thinking in different social contexts. A rapidly growing, international field of scholarship, cultural psychology is ready for an interdisciplinary, primary resource. Linking psychology, anthropology, sociology, archaeology, and history, The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology is the quintessential volume that unites the variable perspectives from these disciplines. Comprised of over fifty contributed chapters, this book provides a necessary, comprehensive overview of contemporary cultural psychology. Bridging psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives, one will find in this handbook: - A concise history of psychology that includes valuable resources for innovation in psychology in general and cultural psychology in particular - Interdisciplinary chapters including insights into cultural anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, culture and conceptions of the self, and semiotics and cultural connections - Close, conceptual links with contemporary biological sciences, especially developmental biology, and with other social sciences - A section detailing potential methodological innovations for cultural psychology By comparing cultures and the (often differing) human psychological functions occuring within them, The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology is the ideal resource for making sense of complex and varied human phenomena.
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.
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.
My world shrank and shrank and I started thinking about ways to end it all. It was
at that point I was struck by a truly crazy idea. I borrowed $2000 and went to
Japan to hike the 88 Temple Pilgrimage, a mountainous, 1200kilometre,
Author: Michaela McGuire
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
Dear Madonna, Thank you for showing me that it is okay to be both a devoted mother and on a podium drenched in glitter. Love, Em Rusciano Dear Mum, My life is so much more fortunate than yours was and I'm sorry if my unplanned arrival was a part of that. Love, Anthony Albanese Dear Leigh Sales, What kind of psychopath is unmoved by fairy wrens? Love, Annabel Crabb The beautiful art of letter writing is still the best way to connect, to express a thought or a feeling. In this all-new anthology, Australia's queens of correspondence Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire have engaged our finest, sharpest minds to pen missives of courage and humour and wisdom. Collected from the hugely popular live Women of Letters salons, Signed, Sealed, Delivered gives an entertaining and heartfelt insight into some of our brightest Australian stars. All royalties for this book will go to Edgar's Mission animal rescue shelter.