Tatsuo wrote:I think your reasons are perfectly understandable. I think many people go on a pilgrimage during or after some kind of life crisis or life changing experience. I don't know how people could find that odd... maybe many didn't have a similar experience. Well and non-Buddhists maybe would not understand your affinity towards the dharma and Kannon (btw. there are 30 temples with Kannon as principal image).*
I hang out with academics. Our research time is precious and the pilgrimage has nothing to do with research. It also sounds vaguely religious,
which is definitely a no-no for many in my line of work, although I don't want to overstate this -- people vary in all walks of life of course. I think it is also not something most people who know me casually would expect of me, and few know of my interest in Buddhism.
* You probably have the complete list of all the temples with names, principal image and affiliation. Maybe this is interesting anyway.
Thanks for this. I hadn't looked at the Wiki in Japanese -- good idea. I have been meaning to give a short reading list and comments for others interested in the Shikoku pilgrimage, but I haven't finished much of this reading myself. However, I would recommend this handy guidebook, in English, to anyone considering walking the pilgrimage in whole or in part:
David Moreton, Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide
(2nd ed., 2009)
This is a review of the first edition. As far as I can tell most of the shortcomings detailed here have been addressed in the new edition: http://fullhenro.blogspot.com/2008/05/r ... guide.html