Shikoku Island

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1746 – Shikoku Island . . . the path of enlightenment
This is a once in a lifetime pilgrimage for Buddhists.

“The Shikoku Pilgrimage or Shikoku Junrei is a multi-site pilgrimage of 88 temples associated with the Buddhist monk Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi) on the island of Shikoku, Japan. A popular and distinctive feature of the island’s cultural landscape, and with a long history, large numbers of pilgrims (known as henro still undertake the journey for a variety of ascetic, pious, and tourism-related purposes.”

pilgrims chanting
the Heart Sutra to honor Kukai –
cry of a Vulture
breaks through the serene temple –
pilgrims chanting

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

mysterious Island
dedicated to the Path of Enlightenment
four countries as one

© Chèvrefeuille

(note: Shikoku means “four countries”)

Here is my attempt:

buddhists on the path
seeking to gain enlightenment
on Shikoku Island

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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