Buddhist Zazen Meditation at Bishamondo Shourinji Temple in Kyoto

Zazen at Shourinji Temple in Kyoto

Zazen at Shourinji Temple in Kyoto

Soothe heart and mind with Zen meditation at Shourinji Temple in Kyoto. Seek calm in the quiet temple grounds then enjoy a reflective cup of tea afterwards.

  • Zazen at Shourinji Temple in Kyoto
  • Bowing during Zazen meditation in a Kyoto temple
  • Meditation hall in Shourinji Temple
  • Halls and garden view inside Shourinji Temple
  • Sitting Zazen overlooking a temple garden
  • Bishamonten Shourinji Temple
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Zazen seated meditation practitioners seek to calm the body and mind to bring themselves closer to enlightenment. This is the most important aspect of Zen Buddhist practice, learning to sit quietly and detach from thoughts and judgement. Join the monks of Bishamondo Shourinji Temple as they lead you into the first steps of this meditative practice within the quiet tatami halls and garden-facing porches of the temple.
Shourinji Temple itself was built in 1550, and the Heian-era statue of Bishamonten which graces the altar was originally found hidden in the ceiling of Tofukuji Temple.
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Price
Zazen Meditation
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Adult
USD 8.90
USD 8.90
High school
USD 7.12
USD 7.12
Intermediate school
USD 5.34
USD 5.34
Elementary school
USD 4.45
USD 4.45
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Adult
USD 8.90
USD 8.90
High school
USD 7.12
USD 7.12
Intermediate school
USD 5.34
USD 5.34
Elementary school
USD 4.45
USD 4.45
  • Duration: 1.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Zazen session
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Starting time: 08:00 - 16:30 (Show details)
  • 07:50 Arrive at Bishamonten Shourinji Temple
  • 08:00 Shourinji Temple Tour (5 minutes)
    Bishamonten Shourinji Temple Take a short tour of the temple, led by a monk.
  • Zazen Explanation (10 minutes)
  • Zazen (15 minutes)
    Zazen at Shourinji Temple in Kyoto Quiet your heart and mind to feel the stillness at the core of Zen meditation.
  • Break (5 minutes)
  • Zazen (15 minutes)
    Sitting Zazen overlooking a temple garden After a short break return to your meditative pose and quietly sit.
  • Tea and Zen Lecture (10 minutes)
    Bowing during Zazen meditation in a Kyoto temple Find a different form of meditation in a cup of green tea. If you would like to have matcha tea and sweets, please select that from the options menu.
  • 09:00 Check-out at Bishamonten Shourinji Temple
Add-ons:
Matcha tea and seasonal Japanese sweets + USD 6.23
20140809012832_1163871824_10694_0 Relax and soothe yourself with rich green tea and a fresh, seasonal sweet.
Matcha tea and seasonal Japanese sweets + USD 6.23
20140809012832_1163871824_10694_0 Relax and soothe yourself with rich green tea and a fresh, seasonal sweet.
Matcha tea and Japanese confectionary + USD 4.45
img_maccha_higashi Keep your worries away with a relaxing cup of Japanese green tea and a sweet.
Matcha tea and Japanese confectionary + USD 4.45
img_maccha_higashi Keep your worries away with a relaxing cup of Japanese green tea and a sweet.
Package detail / Schedule
Zazen Meditation and Yoga
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Adult/Child
USD 26.70
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Refresh your body and soul with a Zazen and yoga experience. An experienced yoga instructor from Kyoto will lead a yoga class after the temple meditation.
  • Duration: 2.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Weekend
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Zazen session
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  • 09:20 Arrive at Bishamonten Shourinji Temple
  • 09:30 Zazen and Temple Explanation (15 minutes)
    Bishamonten Shourinji Temple Learn about both the temple and the practice of Zen meditation before trying it yourself.
  • Zazen (15 minutes)
    Zazen at Shourinji Temple in Kyoto Quiet your heart and mind to feel the stillness at the core of Zen meditation.
  • Rest (5 minutes)
  • Zazen (15 minutes)
    Sitting Zazen overlooking a temple garden After a short break, return to your meditative pose and quietly sit.
  • Tea and Zen Lecture (10 minutes)
    Return to daily life with a soothing cup of green tea. If you would like to have matcha tea and sweets, please select that from the options menu.
  • Yoga (60 minutes)
    Stretch and lightly work your body while you focus on your breathing. The gentle exercise makes for an active yet soothing form of relaxation.
  • 11:30 Check-out at Bishamonten Shourinji Temple
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Notes
Required Items to Bring & Attire
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    • Please wear clothing that you can sit in comfortably.
    • Student ID
    • Please bring water or some other beverage for the yoga session.
    • The temple will provide yoga mats, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Additional Note(s)
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    • The schedule may be subject to slight changes, running a bit longer or shorter.
    • While the monks can speak some English, they are not fluent.
    • An area is provided for changing clothes before and after the yoga session.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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Duration 1.5 - 2.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily

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I finally gave Zen meditation a try. It was very refreshing although I didn't realize it was so difficult to empty my mind. I am still not totally sure what that means... First, we received the m...more
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