Shikoku Island and Pilgrimage

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The Body, the Mind, the Pilgrimage Shikoku Island is an expanse that is regarded sacred by the people of Japan. The island holds its spot as the birthplace of Kobo Daishi, Japanese Shingon Buddhism’s founder, and encompasses legends and historical landmarks that represent the incredible pilgrimage that thousands have undergone. This sacred land provides a connection to Kobo Daishi as you follow the path he took in his search for enlightenment, knowledge, and the truth. I believe these historical landmarks pull people around the world to travel and aid in the path of the eight-eight temples, allowing those to better understand the premise of the Kobo Daishi’s teachings of ‘body-mind’ and Dainichi Nyorai. The Shikoku pilgrimage takes place around the circumference of the Japanese island of Shikoku, giving thousands of people the opportunity to visualize the body and mind in a way like no other. Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai, conceives that man is not separated when it comes to body and mind, but rather they are one through the concept of “body-mind.” His premise is that our mind in its essence is united with the mind of Dainichi Nyorai, the Cosmic Buddha and essence of the universe. This also includes our body, in which that it is, so long as it is in the universe, part of the body of Dainichi Nyorai (Ellwood 91). The Shikoku pilgrimage exemplifies a true test of body and mind, allowing the pilgrims to understand the union of these aspects that make up our entirety. This pilgrimage also allows those to explore and experience the “oneness” of the all things by exploring Kobo Daishi’s meditative sectors on the basis of the Shingon doctrines. This long period of time the pilgrimage allows helps one to reach for “unshakeable concentration in the oneness of body and mind.” It is a test of a person’s will and determination to find their own truth, such as Kobo…...

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