A Pilgrimage in Japan (Paperback)
The 33 Temples of Kannon
Mantra Books, 9781785357503, 248pp.
Publication Date: May 25, 2018
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Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is the one who 'hears the cries of the world and vows to 'assist anyone in distress.' As the author embarks on the pilgrimage route that extends from the Japan Sea to the Pacific Ocean, through the ancient city of Kyoto and the modern city of Osaka, and to the many mountain tops in between, she allows the special characteristics and sacred presence of each place to bring forth relevant Buddhist teaching; letting go of attachment, contemplating impermanence, engaging in right livelihood, being of service, and other teachings found in classic Buddhism. The dharma, or doctrines of Universal Truth, intertwines with rich descriptions of mountain hikes, remote temples, modern Shugendo practices, sacred icons and the author's spiritual insights.
About the Author
Joan D. Stamm is an award-winning author and essayist, currently residing on Orcas Island, Washington where she co-founded Cold Mountain Hermitage, a Buddhist study and practice group. She holds an MFA in writing and multi-cultural literature from Bennington College.