TODAY ON NOWNESS: THE 1000 DAYS
Ivan Olita (@ivanolita) captures the gruelling journey that some monks take to reach enlightenment
For the latest chapter of #EnduranceTest, the Los Angeles-based director talks about his portrait of the monks of Mount Hiei, Japan, where spiritual practices hearken back thousand of years, and where the kaihōgyō, a pilgrimage lasting 1000 days, has been completed by less than fifty monks in over a century: .
“Kaihōgyō, the 1000-day pilgrimage performed by Tendai Buddhists, is not a challenge in the usual sense. The literal translation is 'circling the mountain,' so the mountain itself and a connection to nature is crucial; it has a more meditative meaning, it is part of a lineage of enlightenment wisdom that spans centuries, ages and generations."
A film by Ivan Olita (@ivanolita) - a production by @brv.nyc
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