At the end of September 2015, Peace Mala Symbolic Peace Dove No.14 landed at Yugasan Rendaiji one of the greatest Shingon Buddhist temples in Japan. Yozen and Kakua presented the dove to Vice-Abbot Zoju-san when they arrived for their two years study. They also gave her a Peace Mala bracelet to wear. She expressed instant approval of the message and vision of Peace Mala, said she loved the symbolic bracelet and now wears it with pride.
Symbolic Peace Dove No.14 at main entrance to Yugasan Rendaiji Temple
Symbolic Peace Dove No. 14 in shrine room at Yugasan Rendaiji Temple
Symbolic Peace Dove 14 stayed at Yugasan Rendaiji Temple for a while, before her journey continued in Japan. Yugasan Rendaiji Temple is in Kojimayuga near Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture.
Map showing position of the Yugasan Rendaiji Temple and location of Dove No. 14
On 16th November we were informed that Dove No.14 has left Yugasan Rendaiji temple and had travelled with Vice-Abbot Zoju-san to Koya-san, the main temple of Shingon Buddhism. It is said that over a million pilgrims travel to Koya-san every year. Saint Kukai (774-835) established a monastic retreat here in 816. Koya-san is situated south of Osaka in the heart of the Kii Peninsula.
At Koya-san the symbolic peace dove was handed over to a lady who will fly it to Hong-Kong in Southern China. Peace Dove No.8 is also travelling to Hong Kong. We hope that it will be possible for them to meet.
It is hoped that both doves will raise awareness of the Peace Mala global project for world peace wherever they travel.
Vice-Abbot Zoju-san in Koya-san with friend who will take Peace Dove 14 to Hong Kong
Peace Dove No. 14 arrives in Koya-san