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?