An inspiring introduction to meditation with a Zen priest in a tranquil temple setting.
Buddhism first came to Japan from China in the 6th century. Of the many schools of Buddhism that took root in Japan, Zen is the most well known overseas and perhaps the most synonymous with Japanese culture. Tea ceremony, ikebana flower arranging, garden design and marital arts are all seen as direct expressions of Zen spirit. Bushido, the strict samurai code, was also heavily influenced by Zen Buddhism.
One of the most important teachings of Zen Buddhism is that one can achieve self enlightenment through meditation. InsideJapan are delighted to be able to offer visitors a unique meditation at one of Kyoto's most beautiful Zen temples. The meditation experience can also be combined with a tea ceremony at the temple.
Accompanied by a guide who will translate for you, the temple's chief priest will explain how to sit, breath and focus before initiating a 10 minute zazen (seated) meditation. Later the priest will continue his explanation of the ways of Zen before beginning another period of contemplation. At the end of the session the priest will take you on a tour of the temple and you can ask any questions you may have about Zen Buddhism, meditation of temple life in general.
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