February first and a new episode, Shikoku Pilgrimage, starts over at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Chevrefeuille plans to host a month-long series to include the “88 temples on the Isle of Shikoku and…more about Buddhism as one the roots for our beloved haiku…[since]…in the classical rules of haiku [it] is said that there has to be a Buddhistic layer in haiku.”
Gaining new insights to attain wisdom and enlightenment can be a daunting project especially with limited opportunities to take an actual spiritual pilgrimage; however, a virtual journey could be the perfect alternative.
Let us join the thousand other O-Henro pilgrims on the Shikoku-route, shall we? First stop: Ryozenji Temple.
finds her worn rosary beads
oil stained in prayers
Inspiration: Carpe Diem #389, Ryozenji.
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