Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye

Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye

The Shikoku Pilgrimage

Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye

Michael Pye [+-]
Marburg University, (Emeritus) and Otani University
Michael Pye is Professor (emeritus) at Marburg University and a visiting Research Associate of Ōtani University in Kyōto. His writings have ranged widely over problems in the study of religions, studies in Buddhist thought and many aspects of contemporary Japanese religion. His major publications include Skilful Means and Emerging from Meditation.


This chapter examines the second major pilgrimage route of Japan - the chain of eighty-eight temples spread through the four prefectures of Shikoku, the fourth largest island. Although the Saikoku pilgrimage has a greater claim to antiquity, many people, and not only devotees of the Shingon Buddhist sects, would regard the Shikoku route as the most prominent symbol of all Buddhist pilgrimage in Japan. It has received the most interest from foreigners including the first to write about it, the German Alfred Bohner in 1931. The 88 temples of the Shikoku Route were reputedly designated by Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi), the founder of Japanese Shingon Buddhism. The chapter looks at each of the 88 temples along with imitations and miniature Shikoku pilgrimages.

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Pye, Michael . The Shikoku Pilgrimage. Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 75-102 Feb 2015. ISBN 9781845539177. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24522. Date accessed: 03 Jun 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24522. Feb 2015

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