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Guided zazen, seated meditation, at Gokurakuji Temple in Kinosaki

Zazen Experience
Zazen is a type of seated meditation that starts with correcting your breathing posture originated in India. The doctrine of Zen Buddhism can be described as wordless communication, or expression without language. You can escape from the hectic everyday and open your ears to the sounds of nature during Zazen. You will hear birds chirping and the wind whispering, sounds that you probably wouldn't normally hear. Then your mind will soon have a sense of unity. This is why many people experience Zazen.
POINT OF INTEREST
In Kinosaki Onsen, you can experience Zazen at Gokurakuji temple, which has a beautiful garden spreads out in front of this Zen temple. Its location in a secluded corner of the town endows the temple in tranquil nature. Take some time before and after your meditation session to enjoy the beautiful temple gardens as well. Be sure to wear clothes that are comfortable for sitting on the floor.
(*Be sure to wear clothes that are comfortable for sitting on the floor.)
Gokurakuji Temple
Gokurakuji Temple
A beautiful garden spreads out in front of this zen temple in Kinosaki. Its location in a secluded corner of the town endowes the temple in tranquil nature.
Guide
Guide
Your zazen session will be guided by one of the temple priests. They will instruct you on the proper way to sit, breathe and meditate.
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Gokuraku-ji near Kinosaki Onsen serves Zazen experience.
about 1-2 minutes from Mandara-yu on foot. Google map is here.
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