The Way of the 88 Temples: Journeys on the Shikoku Pilgrimage Hardcover – September 24, 2013
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
From Publishers Weekly
Sibley shows vividly how this extraordinary pilgrimage can grip even the most agnostic participant. The book says a lot about how deep-binding friendships can be made on the road, and how important the sense of karma can be for those who have walked--and suffered--together. It also shows how pilgrimages are never over, but are often just the start of something else.(Ian Reader, Lancaster University, author of Making Pilgrimages: Meaning and Practice in Shikoku)
In this wise and compassionate book, Sibley vividly captures life on the Buddhist pilgrim's road of Shikoku, Japan. As we walk beside him through these pages, we hear of the origins of the sacred route, its history, and its rituals. More important, though, Sibley's trials and triumphs, his sorrows and joys, with those of his fellow travelers met on the journey, teach us volumes about how to care for ourselves and others as we sojourn through life.(Hank Glassman, Haverford College, author of The Face of Jizō: Image and Cult in Medieval Japanese Buddhism)
Sibley's acute psychological observations are interwoven not only with vivid details but historical and cultural contexts of the ancient Shikoku pilgrimage. Throughout his journey, Sibley asks himself―and the travelers he meets―why walking the path is important. While he finds no one answer, this accomplished narrative demonstrates that the impulse to seek inner change through a physical journey, if mysterious, is enduring.(Publishers Weekly)
- Publisher : University of Virginia Press; 1st Ed edition (September 24, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0813934729
- ISBN-13 : 978-0813934723
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.63 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
However what really makes the book special is the Sibley's developing relationships with three Japanese pilgrims he meets on the pilgrimage - a father and his son and a recently retired businessman. The four men develop unusually close friendships and decide to do the pilgrimage together. This deepens the experience for all of them - as well as for the reader. The ending is unexpectedly dramatic and was powerful and very moving, at least for this reader.
In addition, the author is very good when writing about the personal impacts of pilgrimage. He has experience as a pilgrim and it shows in his careful thinking and writing about his experiences (his book on his pilgrimage in Spain is The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago ). Sibley's book is superb and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Henro Michi or in the more general topic of pilgrimage.
I feel as though I have undertaken the Henro Michi pilgrimage.
The book catalysed my own metacognition and prompted the question - what and how would I feel if I were to make the same journey.