On the Path to History and Hopefully Enlightenment

On the Path to History and Hopefully Enlightenment

[photo credit: David Martínez]

Near Wakasa Park there’s an elevated garden adjacent to Gokoku-ji Temple, in which you can walk on a circular path along which a Buddhist statue and inscribed stones like this one transport you away from the bustling city of Naha, Okinawa below and back through the centuries to when the Ryukyu Islands were truly an island domain unto itself. The area is sacred to Buddhist, Shinto, and Indigenous Okinawan traditions. Indeed, it’s a place where you can sincerely feel spiritually removed from the plastic emptiness of so-called modern civilized life, surrounded instead by stone, earth, and trees, interwoven with the sound and smell of the nearby ocean.

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