Day 1: No.1 Ryozen-ji (霊山寺)

The main gate of No.1 Ryozen-ji

After the flight from Tokyo to Tokushima, I used bus & train to come here. From now on, I’ll walk around 1400 Km to visit 88 sacred temples…wow!

Precincts of No.1 Ryozen-ji

I try to follow what to do at each temple. Unfortunately the main temple is under construction, so everyone has to worship in the quite narrow space. Indeed there’re many pilgrims…

Osame-fuda box at Taishi-do

It’s not so easy to recite Sutra while there’re so many people around me. I’m not used to it (since it’s indeed difficult), and it’s bit embarrassing 🙂 It seems that these many pilgrims are using bus tour, and they’re led by “Sendatsu (先達)” – A Henro-guide who completed Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage several times. Hence, I’m trying to follow how they recite the sutras & mantras. OK, it’s like music with specific rhythm and melody. My friend who did Shikoku Pilgrimage told me that I’ll remember it after I finish this Pilgrimage… cannot really believe so, but let’s try 🙂

The temple stamp of No.1 Ryozen-ji

Dedicated toShaka-nyorai (釈迦如来)
Founded byGyoki-bosatsu (行基菩薩) in Tenpei era
DenominationShingon-sect Koya-group (真言宗高野派)
Mantraのうまく さんまんだ ぼだなん ばく
Noumaku Sanmanda Bodanan Baku
Next templeNo.2 Gokuraku-ji (1.4 Km away)
No.1 Ryozen-ji