遍路心得 Pilgrimage Review
有些佛寺並不容易抵達，可能不適合騎乘自行車；有些寺宇位處於鄉間， 你會經過一連串河谷、橋墩與森林，此時你必須注意水或者糧食的補給問題。 還有些札所建在山區，你需要穿越無數的隧道以及山坡地段，上坡永遠是遍路中的夢魘。又有些靈場位於沿海地帶，那你將會面對逆襲的海風以及陽光的曝曬。遍路中最舒爽的天氣無疑是陰天，假使沒有下雨將是戶外活動最為合宜的溫度。多虧四國遍路，沒有面對過這些挑戰，我從來不會曉得自己的能耐可以走這麼長遠的路。
【Shikoku Henro & Me】
I am not pure Buddhist, just as an Asian or Taiwanese view, Buddhism in Japan is pretty different from Han Chinese Buddhism(漢傳佛教), some parts could be closer to Tibetan Buddhism (藏傳佛教). But every Buddhism must have their own greatness, I was so curious of Shikoku Henro and Daishi KUKAI, how can it attract so many pilgrims walk this 1200 KM roads and continue for 1200 years til the present? Consequently, I came Shikoku for following the KUKAI's steps this spring 2015.
There are some temples which is not easy to approach, also some of road is difficult to ride a bicycle. Some temples are very countryside, you have to pass the valley, bridge and forest, also notice the supply of food and water. Some are in the mountains, you need to across heaps tunnels and hills, that is always a nightmare while you are riding up-slope! Some are near to the seaside, you will face the challenges such as wind and sunshine. Cloudy would be the best weather on Henro way, you will like the moderate temperature if don't rain. Thanks for Shikoku Henro, I will never know I can go so far away and such a rough challenge without those experiences.
This is my note of Shikoku Henro (sorry that I wrote in Chinese mostly). Before I regarded Henro as a good way to travel deeply in one place, but I was wrong. I still know less about KUKAI, Buddhism, History and Shikoku after Henro. Besides, I will say that Henro must be more colourful and interesting if I can communicate with local people in Japanese. Many beautiful views I just let it go but stop for a while, I did feel pity when I recall these moments.
Anyway, Shikoku is an unforgettable place to me, people I met in Shikoku is so adorable, furthermore I appreciated their nice smiling and kindness, therefore I am definitely sure that I will visit here again in the near future! Perhaps for cycling another 20 Bangai-fudasho?! Will see!