In 749 a man named Wake no Michitaka accidentally shot and killed a nurse with an arrow. The construction of this temple is his repentance. The temple grounds was much bigger in the past, but a large fire in the 16th century reduced the overall size of the temple grounds.
I have to admit that this particular image caught me a bit off guard. I understand how Koubou Daishi brought huge reform to Japan, provided much needed leadership and guidance in spiritual and civil manners, and inspires generations to come. From my own Canadian background, I feel I can appreciate that, and be deeply impressed by that, and in some way continue looking for meaning and significance in the world around me and in the short life I have. But I also must remember that to some, Koubou Daishi is deeply revered, and in some cases, worshipped.
We each find our way connected to others in time and in our lives. It is difficult to know which is “correct”. We make so many assumptions about what is “proper” and “holy”, yet know so little, and fail to recognize that much of what we hold as true are incidental occurrences of culture and gender, or geographical accidents of birth.
Lovely and beautiful. We were lucky to come on such a perfect day to Douryuuji. Hope you all find your way here too. You will not regret it!
We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started… and know the place for the first time.