Monday, October 3, 2022

Kotokuin Temple 7 Kyushu Pilgrimage

 


Day 55 of my walk along the longest pilgrimage route in Japan, the Kyushu 88, began where I had finished the day before at Amagi Station in Asakura, Fukuoka.


I had trouble finding the temple as it did not look like a temple, rather like a standard home. It seems this was a conscious choice made when it was rebuilt in 1981.


The temple was established not far from here in 1929 but it was moved to its current location in 1965 and an 11-faced Kannon was made honzon at that time.


There were several Jizo statues in the grounds, with his staff, shakujo, with 6 rings, one for each of the six  Buddhist Realms of Existence and also the six perfections that lead to nirvana.


There were also other statues including a Fudo. It was too early in the morning and the temple wasnt open yet, so I didnt go inside.


Since its founding, the temple has been run by a succession of three nuns.


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