Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Zazen Meditation Session

- 坐禅体験 -
Foreign friendly
You can make a reservation online by going to Shorin-ji Temple’s English website and sending an email to the address written there, and you will get a reply in English. The priest at the temple is very friendly so even zazen first-timers can easily join the session.
Information
Japanese and English.
Languages spoken
Only Japanese.
934 11 6.3 1 reviews
Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Zazen Meditation Session

- 坐禅体験 -
Foreign friendly
You can make a reservation online by going to Shorin-ji Temple’s English website and sending an email to the address written there, and you will get a reply in English. The priest at the temple is very friendly so even zazen first-timers can easily join the session.
Information
Japanese and English.
Languages spoken
Only Japanese.
934 11 6.3 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Easily experience the deep world of Zen by joining a zazen meditation session at Shorin-ji Temple, which is a sub-temple of Tofuku-ji Temple
Zazen is one kind of Buddhist training method, a type of meditation where you try to concentrate your thoughts by sitting on the floor, crossing your arms and legs, and by breathing quietly through your nose. Normally zazen is done by Buddhist monks in training, but in Kyoto many temples offer everyone an opportunity to try zazen. Among these temples, Shorin-ji Temple, a sub-temple of Tofuku-ji, has a zazen session every day, and in a room where the image of Buddha of the temple, Bishamonten, is enshrined. The zazen session takes about an hour, and during this hour you meditate twice for 15 minutes at a time. Even if you have never tried zazen before, the priest of the temple will explain the concepts in an easy to understand manner, though in Japanese, but they also have a printed out paper on which you have the explanations in English. The zazen session at Shorin-ji Temple, which is right by Tofuku-ji, but still a quiet and tranquil place of relaxation, is a chance for you to take a look at yourself, which is also a reason why the session is very popular with foreign visitors. If you come to Kyoto, the home ground of Zen, how about having a real zazen meditation experience?
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Details
Open Hours
Every day, usually from either 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. (Check the schedule on their homepage)
Reservations
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Closed
Open every day.
Price range
Adults: 1000 yen, high school students: 800 yen, middle school students: 700 yen, elementary school students: 600 yen.
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Besides the zazen experience, they also offer sutra copying and yoga sessions at Shorin-ji Temple.
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