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Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku; Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku

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Series
Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler
Program
Shikoku
Program Number

102

Title

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku

Series Description

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler takes viewers on some of the most celebrated, challenging and spectacular religious pilgrimages on earth. In this landmark six-part series, we travel with American pilgrims looking to transform their lives as they visit places deeply meaningful to their faith. And our cameras gain privileged access to places rarely seen by viewers before.

A pilgrimage at its core is a gesture of action. Pilgrims feel a deeper connection to their faith. They feel closer to God. In a world in which more and more things are digital and ephemeral, a sacred journey gives the pilgrim the chance to experience something real.

Pilgrimage today is more alive than ever before. But you can't experience its wonders unless you go.

Program Description

The Island of Shikoku in Japan is the birthplace of the most revered figure in Japanese Buddhism, the monk and teacher Kobo Daishi, who brought a populist form of Buddhism to Japan from China in the 9th century. For hundreds of years, a 750-mile pilgrimage route has circled this mountainous island, connecting 88 separate temples and shrines that claim connection to Kobo Daishi. Feiler circles the island, following a pilgrim trail that’s taken by hundreds of thousands of Japanese and international pilgrims every year, a Buddhist pilgrimage that welcomes pilgrims of all faiths. Temple priests introduce Feiler to sacred ceremonies that date back thousands of years, revealing how the presence of Kobo Daishi is believed to accompany all who follow in his footsteps.

©2014 WGBH Educational Foundation, Bruce Feiler and Maya Vision International Ltd.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Peoples of East Asia
Global Affairs
Genres
Documentary
Topics
Religion
Travel
Creators
Feiler, Bruce (Host)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku; Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku,” GBH Archives, accessed March 3, 2024, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_885C9DE62C5F403E8BE17EC223174405.
MLA: “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku; Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku.” GBH Archives. Web. March 3, 2024. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_885C9DE62C5F403E8BE17EC223174405>.
APA: Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku; Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; Shikoku. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_885C9DE62C5F403E8BE17EC223174405
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