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Some helpful tidbits for visitors to the site & the temple

Here are some things that we want to share with those of you who’ve taken the time to visit our site and some things that might be handy if you do come visit us here in Kyoto.

Myalo — mindfulness training in your pocket

Created with the collaboration of Rev. Takafumi Kawakami


Myalo is a new mindfulness training application. The benefits of mindfulness include better focus, reduced stress, and improved productivity. Many innovative organizations and leaders have identified mindfulness as an integral quality that top performers must possess in the 21st century.

What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness refers to a focused awareness on the present that is not distracted by emotions, worries, and trivialities.

Myalo’s training is based on zazen, a traditional meditation technique that Japanese Zen Buddhists have practiced for centuries, while taking into account the latest advances in the field of neuroscience.

Make mindfulness training fun! Myalo features heart rate monitor and fun games based on neuroscience.

With Myalo, anyone can easily improve their mindfulness, and thereby bring about positive changes in their lives.

NOM NOM NOM — Travel & Eat Freely

Explanations of what you can eat in almost every language


Here at Shunkoin, we have a lot of visitors who have dietary restrictions. This app will help you safely get the food you need while traveling.

Welcome to NomNomNom, the app that allows you to travel the world and communicate your dietary needs! Please enjoy!

The app is populated with a number of popular diet types around the world: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Kosher, Lactose Intolerant, Peanut Allergy, Pescatarian, & Soy Allergy. We also have it populated with as many languages as we could possibly get translations for, a total of 103 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu.

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