While doing this virtual pilgrimage to discover the roots of Buddhism and the influence on haiku, our host and guide, Chevrefeuille, mentions we will skip a few of the 88 temples on the Island of Shikoku.
Today, however, we travel off the main road and walk a bit into a mountain valley to find the Dainichi-ji Temple.
Although the original temple no longer stands due to repeated destruction forces – you know how that always happens – Matsu, a 17th century monk, reconstructed the temple.
The temple honors Vairocana Buddha or the Buddha of Emptiness.
walking straight ahead,
ten toes wrestling with blisters…
on empty stomach
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Inspiration: Carpe Diem #391, Dainichji (Temple 4)
Photo credit: Wikimedia.org| Chris Harber via Flickr