Temple 07: Juurakuji

After a brief walk from Anrakuji (temple 6) you find yourself here at Juurakuji, which is translatable as “Temple of Ten Joys”. This temple too, had undergone some reconstruction due to the destruction of war, but still has many ancient elements to capture and hold your attention.

There is not much information about Juurakuji, but we know that the main buddha of this temple is Amida Nyorai, and that he is the deity that is known for the continual repetition of the phrase, “Namu Amida Butsu”, the sacred name of the Buddha. By the repetitive chanting it is believed that this will generate a portal to enlightenment and cause the compassion of the Buddha to radiate outwards in all ten directions to cover all the countries of the world.

Check out the photos I took when I visited:

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It is very interesting as we go along on the pilgrimage that we find different and various ways where Buddhism is expressed, and experienced. There are those who argue that Buddhism is a “religion”, but upon closer inspection, there is a persuasive feeling that it is far more “philosophy” than it is “revelation” by the Divine. In either case, it seems that the participant within the Buddhist experience finds and gives meaning, as well as receiving meaning and instruction from the Divine. As a neophyte to Buddhism I am curious to learn more along the way.

Let us continue on to Temple 8, Kumadaniji.