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Words-and-Pictures: Shouinji

Note: This selection of Words-and-Pictures was made on September 17, 2001, as I walked on the Old Tokaido.

Shouinji is in Hara in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is Station #13 (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido Highway. You can read about my visit to the grave of Hakuin in my Logbook.

It was the first place of study, and the final resting place, of Hakuin Zenji, one of Japan's great Zen-masters.

This is the front gate of this little jewel of a temple. The complex is an active Zen training center, with a lot of visitors going in and out on business.

The hondo, where your prayers were said.

Looking toward the meditation hall.

The interior of the meditation hall.

Many temples have mini-pilgrimage circuits. These are part of 88 statues representing the 88 temples of Shikoku.

This enclosure contains the grave of Hakuin Zenji.

Posted September 27, 2019

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