Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Sutra Copying Experience

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Foreign friendly
This temple is in the Gion area so access to it is easy. The sutra copying can be reserved online, so it should be easy to participate in.
Information
Japanese and machine translated.
Languages spoken
Only Japanese, but one of the priests of the temple can speak English, though he is not always at the temple.
111 4 4.0 1 reviews
Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Sutra Copying Experience

- 写経体験 -
Foreign friendly
This temple is in the Gion area so access to it is easy. The sutra copying can be reserved online, so it should be easy to participate in.
Information
Japanese and machine translated.
Languages spoken
Only Japanese, but one of the priests of the temple can speak English, though he is not always at the temple.
111 4 4.0 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Try your hand at calligraphy and concentration at a quiet temple in Kyoto
In Buddhism, Sutra copying is the act of hand-copying important scriptures. Before the invention of the writing press, this was also a means of propagating Buddhism. However, Sutra copying was also thought to be a Buddhist merit, which is why it is still a part of the training of Buddhist priests today. Recently, many temples offer regular people a chance to try their hand at sutra copying too. One of these temples is Ryosoku-in, a sub-temple of Kennin-ji Temple, the head temple of the Zen sect of Buddhism, where they hold sutra copying every day. You can quietly concentrate and just copy the Chinese characters. It’s surprisingly easy to do even if you know no Japanese, since it’s such a thin piece of paper that you can see the characters underneath. There is no time-limit so you don’t need to hurry. It’s not considered important how well you write; what’s important is how dedicated you are. I hope that you will have a chance to try sutra copying at Ryosoku-in.
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Dec. 12, 2018
Details
Open Hours
Every day from 11 a.m.
Reservations
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Closed
Open every day.
Price range
1000 yen
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