Yesterday, May 27, was a day of celebration in Korea, on the occasion of Buddha’s birthday, according to lunar calendar. We too enjoyed the event by visiting Jikjisa Temple, which consisted of several small temples scattered in a wooden hill.
It is believed that this temple was established in 418 AD, under the reign of King Nulchi (417-458).
The place was crowded and free lunch was given to everybody. I entered one of the small temples in the area. There were hundreds of small Buddha statues inside. I bowed to the statues three times, to pay homage to Buddha.
We then had a walk in the area and to my surprise I found a labyrinth. I walked on it, as I had done in Canada a few years ago. There, I had learned the magic of this very ancient symbol. It is believed that by walking on it, you purify yourself.
We spent a beautiful, peaceful day in an ancient Korean temple on Buddha’s birthday. Happy birthday, Buddha!
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English edition)
– A Hidden Sicilian History (English edition)
– The Vibrations of Words (English edition)
– Travels of the Mind (English edition)
– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (edizione in lingua italiana)
– Viaggi della Mente (edizione in lingua italiana)