Sekkeiji is Temple 33 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage and can be translated as, “Snowy Cliff Temple”. This temple is one of only three Zen temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Legend has it that this place was home to a long-suffering ghost who woke up the monk, Geppou, saying “Even the water is weary of living.” Geppou spoke to the apparition who was attempting to recall a poem from which these lines come. Once the poem was completed, the ghost disappeared having now been relieved of trying to recall the missing lines. In the 16th century it changed to a Rinzai Zen temple, now one of only three Zen temples on the pilgrimage.
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