Zen ―禅―

Myōshin-ji’s Public Zazenkai

Every weekend Myōshin-ji holds a zazenkai (meditation retreat), open to the public. Reservations are not needed.

Time: Saturday 5:30 PM to Sunday 9:00 AM. (On certain weekends in January, August, and December the zazenkai is canceled owing to other temple events. Please check with us in advance.)

Myōshinji-ha Kenshū Center (located next to the Hanazono Zenjuku, behind the Hanazono Kaikan.

Meals: Myōshin-ji provides a Zen-style breakfast on Sunday morning. On Saturday, please eat supper prior to the 5:30 PM arrival time.
What to bring: Sleeping wear, toiletries, writing materials, and clothes suitable for zazen (loose clothing or training wear that does not bind the legs or other parts of the body and is subdued in color; a dressing room is available for women).
Fee: First time: 2,000 yen; second time and after: 1,000 yen. (Please bring the exact amount for the fee, so that no change is necessary.)


(Sat) PM 5:30 Arrival
6:00 Sarei: Tea is served to participants to mark the formal start of the zazenkai program. This is followed by orientation.
6:30 Zazen
7:30 Teishō: A lecture on Zen delivered by a Zen master.
8:30 Zazen
10:00 Kaichin: Lights out; bedtime.
(Sun) AM 5:00 Kaijō: Wakeup
5:30 Chōka: Morning sutra chanting
7:00 Shukuza: Zen-style breakfast
7:30 Samu: Work and cleaning
8:15 Sarei: Tea is served to participants to mark the conclusion of the zazenkai program.
9:00 Departure

※No one can go out without permission from the time of arrival to the time of departure the next day.

Myōshin-ji Zendō-kai

Every month Myōshin-ji holds early morning Zen gatherings open to the public.

Time: The 7th, 8th days of every month, 6:00–7:30 AM (90 minutes)
Place: Myōshin-ji Ōhōjō
Fee: 500 yen (covers all 3 days)
Schedule: 6:00–6:30 AM Zazen
6:30-7:30 Teishō (lecture delivered by Zen master Noritake Shūnan)
Inquiries: Please contact the Myōshin-ji Shūmu Honjō Kyōiku Center (Main Office, Center for Education): Tel. 075-463-3121