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Japanese Cultural Experiences and
Zen meditation, tea ceremony and calligraphy are conduits for self-exploration. In Buddhism and other Eastern philosophical traditions, the “self” is considered empty of intrinsic existence and nature. The notion of self exists in our connection with constant changing physical environments, connections with people around you, and connections with your “self” (transient physical body). However, we are overconfident about our ability to perceive reality as it is, including “ourselves” in relation to it. We tend to believe that the self is independent and permanent. The biggest bias is the bias of ourselves. Thus, we should bring close attention to all the components of the notion of “ourselves.” This action can help us notice unconscious biases we have in our daily lives. That is the practice of self-cultivation. It helps us to improve our overall well-being by repeatedly investigating our hidden biases.
The three experiences we offer here at the temple all help you experience calmness and awareness. Furthermore, Zen meditation focuses on observation, tea ceremony focuses on connection with others, and calligraphy focuses on expression without words.
Zen meditation, tea ceremony and calligraphy are all self-cultivation practices that can improve your well-being.