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Helen Garan- "Shikoku Pilgrimage: 88 Temple Pilgrimage Tour"

Tuesday, 16 June 2009
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Organizer: Sierra Club Susquehanna Group

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Helena Garan just completed this pilgrimage and is home and ready to talk about it at the June 16 general meeting. This 800-mile hike follows the footsteps of Kobo Daishi, one of the most well-known figures in Japanese and Buddhist history. He is accredited with the founding of the Shikoku pilgrimage in the 8th century. The temples only punctuate the pilgrimage; they do not consist of it, she explains. Helena's memories are of the extremely helpful people she encountered, the food, the smell of incense, the 6 am chanting ceremonies in the temples, the Japanese guest houses, the hot bath that takes away all the muscle pain at the end of the day, the mountains, the Pacific coast, the Seto Inland Sea, the cherry blossoms, etc.

It was important to Helena to pay her respect to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where in 1945, the first and second atomic bombs were dropped by the United States. Come to the June 16 general meeting at Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, to hear more.

Directions to General Meeting: Everyone interested is welcome, whether or not a member. General meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, except July and August, at the Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott,

Cost: FREE


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