Zen Buddhism teaches us to live “now”, this very moment, while emptying our mind, but how are we supposed to focus on “now” with other people around us?
Don’t you worry because the venue is exclusively open to our tour, which means you get to have the whole temple only for you. Embrace the moment in this private temple where no sound distracts you.
1.Visit a Buddhist temple closed to the public, and participate in all sorts of religious activities※¹ which monks practice day in day out.
2.Meet the humble head priest of the Zen temple, who will introduce some teachings of Buddhism.※² (15 min.)
3.See a peaceful garden with a stunning pine tree growing horizontally. (15 min.)
4.Join 15 minute Zen meditation※³, known as zazen, in a quiet space where no sound from outside can reach. (25 min.)
5.Copy a part of sutra by tracing Chinese characters, just like monks used to do in ancient times. (25 min.)
6.Empty your mind when you take on a role to rake white gravel※⁴ at the temple’s dry rock garden, or Zen garden. As far as we know, this is the only temple in Kyoto which allows visitors to do this. (30 min.)