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Satori-no-Mado (Window of the Spiritual Awakening)


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Satori-no-Mado (Window of the Spiritual Awakening)
The Window of the Spiritual Awakening, opened in the main hall of the temple.
There are two large windows in the main hall (Hondo) of Genkoan temple at Rakuhoku Takagamine. The window with a square-like shape is called 'Window of the Trouble'. It is a symbolic expression of human life, similar to the Buddhist sayings about four pains of mankind (Shou-rou-byou-shi: birth, aging, disease and death) or the strong hardship of life (shiku-haku). The other window has a round shape and it is called 'Window of the Spirutual Awakening' as an expression of the spirit of Zen Buddhism. It probably suggests that in life it is better to be settled in a round-like shape that to have angles, that create troubles. Gazing through the windows of Genkoan, the picture of the maple trees, just starting to turn red, make you feel the elegance of autumn.

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