Unexpected things on the road to the unexpected temple
It was my last weekend in my office. I need to move from my office to my home.
My office is near Daegeon. I have been in Daejeon for three years in the institute.
I’d like to look around my office instead of coming home.
So I googled and found unknown name of buddhist temple. It was the Gwang Desk Sa.
It was strange that I didn’t notice Gwang Deok Sa. For 3 years, I have looked around the temples and traditional architectures in this area, but I didn’t hear the name of Gwang Deok Sa.
So I made up my mind to go over Gwang Deok Sa.
I took about I hour or more to get there by car.
When I arrived at there, the scenery was interesting, it pulled my attention.
The road to the temple was looked like as same as a scene of a film.
The road was old and quiet. There was not so much people near the temple and on the road.
So I could enjoy the solitude of the philosopher on the way to the temple.
At the entrance I saw a stone monument on which the word ‘이뭣고’ was carved.
The 이뭣고 I Meot Go is a very important topic in Buddhism. In Korean Buddhism, the Zen is very important in cultivating themselves. The topic plays key role in cultivating themselves.
Buddhist monks are seizing the topic to attain the Nirvana for the rest of all their lives.
I thought the reason why they carved the Zen topic was stress not to forget the topic.
Just before the stone monument, I found out a small round stone on the wide stone.
It seemed to have a some buddhist meaning in them. In my guess, the round stone seems to mean the way to the Nirvana.
Could you tell me What your interpretation is ?
As passing the monument, there was a wall of stones.
At first, it was interesting that the cats were sitting and looking at me. They were gazing at me.
It seemed that they asked me "What brought you hear?"
They didn’t run away as I went closer to them.
So I took some photos of the cats.
Sometimes, the cats and the dogs near the Buddhist temple shows extraordinary behaviors.
I heard some dogs guide the strangers to the temple from the entrance far from the temple.
While taking the photos of cats, some strange looking stone was taking my attention.
It looked like an old man.
At first I didn’t notice the oldman shaping stone.
As I looked it in detail, it was as same as an oldman bold with beard.
Next time I will post on Gwang Deok Sa, but definitely the way to the temple was more interesting for me.
The desolate road to the temple reminded me of what the life was.