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One-Day Zen Experience at Mt. Tenshin Shinsho-ji Temple

Experience authentic zazen in a scenic Zen temple

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Zen Experience

Mt. Tenshin Shinsho-ji Temple, completed in 1965, is a temple of the Kennin-ji sect of Rinzai Buddhism. T Along with being a place for memorial services there are many temples and buildings in the precincts include the Tahoto Pagoda, Mumyo-in Temple, and the International Zen Training Hall. Shinshō-ji, known as the “Shinsho-ji Zen Museum and Gardens,” opens the door of world of Zen to not only Japan but overseas as well.
The temple offers a very popular Zen retreat to the public, where anyone can experience the balanced spiritual training of a monastery in the Rinzai Zen tradition such as Zazen and Sutra Copying.

Highlights

  • With careful explanations by the priest, even first-timers can experience real zazen at ease.
  • You can also experience “Shakyo,” the practice of copying sutras.
  • You can organize your mind through a Zen and sutra experience.
  • The Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens is a great place to experience Zen, art, and architecture.

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Photos

  • Zazen derives from the Indian Yoga practice. Absorbing the energy through deep breathing becomes the key.

    Zazen derives from the Indian Yoga practice. Absorbing the energy through deep breathing becomes the key.

  • Zazen is held in the Zen meditation hall of the International Zen Center.

    Zazen is held in the Zen meditation hall of the International Zen Center.

  • Gokan-do, where you can eat Shinsho-ji udon.

    Gokan-do, where you can eat Shinsho-ji udon.

  • Shinsho-ji udon (1,200 yen). You can eat it with the actual utensils and chopsticks used in the monastery. 
*A separate entrance fee is required.

    Shinsho-ji udon (1,200 yen). You can eat it with the actual utensils and chopsticks used in the monastery. *A separate entrance fee is required.

  • At Shinsho-ji Temple, we will practice copying the Heart Sutra.

    At Shinsho-ji Temple, we will practice copying the Heart Sutra.

  • Originally, it was the residence of successive head priests and a place for ascetic monks to study.

    Originally, it was the residence of successive head priests and a place for ascetic monks to study.

  • Somon, the main gate that’s made of keyaki (zelkova) wood, is a relocation of the former Kaya no-miya Palace gate in Kyoto.

    Somon, the main gate that’s made of keyaki (zelkova) wood, is a relocation of the former Kaya no-miya Palace gate in Kyoto.

  • The garden at Mumyo-in was created by Kinsaku Nakane, who is known as the “Kobori Enshu of the Showa Period.”

    The garden at Mumyo-in was created by Kinsaku Nakane, who is known as the “Kobori Enshu of the Showa Period.”

  • More than 200 Hakuin Zen paintings are in the collection of Shogon-do, works content are exhibited alternately.

    More than 200 Hakuin Zen paintings are in the collection of Shogon-do, works content are exhibited alternately.

Reviews

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  • 許壁瑤

    日式庭園和美術館融合為一體是種絕妙的感覺意境,而膳食部分看似再平凡不過的烏龍麵搭配幾碟小菜雖然簡單卻是那麼的意猶未盡,很棒而且難得的體驗

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Details

Name of experience
One-Day Zen Experience
Name of facility
Tenshinzan Shinsho-ji Temple
Postal Code
720-0401
Address
91 Numakumachokamisanna, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima
Telephone
084-988-1111
Operating time and days
One-Day Zen Experience 9:30am-3:00pm
*Advance registration required by e-mail or phone
*Cancellations must be made by phone at least one day prior to the desired date of participation.
*Some days may not be available due to Buddhist services.
*Skirts are not allowed.
Closed
Irregular holidays
Payment method
Local cash payment
Estimated cost
4,600 yen
Acceptable number of people (groups) Capacity
20 people (As of March 2021, the number of participants has been reduced to 10 due to countermeasures against the new coronavirus infection.)
Multilingual support
Japanese, English (irregular)
Official Website
Official Website (English)