Experience Zazen in Omote-sando at night! 

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新鮮!初めての坐禅体験 in 表参道、しかも夜!

01.jpg Zazen for inexperienced person which costs only ¥100


Chokoku-ji Temple offers Zazen-kai (meeting for zazen practice) from 19:00 to about 21:00 every Monday. We, Tamaki and I were inexperienced at Zazen however we were interested in it, so we tried it at last! We really had a very good time. 


he schedule of Zazen-kai:

1) No need to make an appointment, but need to be at the reception desk inside the main building by 18:45.

2) At the entrance of the building, you must take off shoes, socks, and hat or cap. (So you may feel cold in winter.) And while staying, you need to keep quiet.

3) After reception, you can use a safe deposit box in the room which has a big table and many chairs.

4) In that room, you wait for the monk who will be your instructor for the day. We recommend you read the leaflet "SOTO ZEN, The Practice of Zazen" in English. It is located at the side shelf inside the entrance of the building.

5) Staff member of the Temple explains the day schedule and some rules, and introduces the monk to you. If you are wearing hooded clothing, or outer wear such as coats you must take it off. Staff member recommends you wear dark color clothing without hoods.

6) Take your things to the Tatami room. There are two rooms, one for men only and the other women only. Don't leave your valuable things here. You may change into clothing you brought during this time.

7) Move to another bigger Tatami room without your things, only take the leaflet, "The practice of Zazen".

8) The Monk instructs kindly and specifically for about 40min. He only speaks Japanese but don't worry.

9) Move to the special room for Zazen "Zendo", and you can start Zazen at last! Have fun thoroughly! Especially enjoy the Japanese traditional music performance when Zazen finishes! I've got to love it very much!

 (Sae Madumarala) 

Location: 2-21-34 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo (15min walk from Omote-sando Sta.Exit B1)

Phone: 03-3400-5232

Zazen-kai: Mondays only 19:00-21:00Deadline of accepting:18:45




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