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京都府京都市右京区花園妙心寺町42 / 42 Hanazonomyōshinjichō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8035

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News from Shunkoin & thoughts from Rev. Taka Kawakami

Online Zen Meditation, Self-Compassion, and Self-Cultivation Sessions by Rev. Takafumi Kawakami

Rev. Takafumi Kawakami started offering his online "Zen, Self-Compassion, and Self-Cultivation Programs". Please follow his Peatix page to keep yourself updated for upcoming meditation sessions and lectures about Buddhism, self-compassion, and…

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Zen Webinar with Rev. Takafumi Kawakami #2 “How to Meditate” March 30th 9:00 am in Japan

Due to COVID-19, in various countries, the governments have imposed nationwide/regional or requesting their citizens to practice self-isolation. Many of you are experiencing high level of stress and anxiety due to the current situation. Please join…

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Our Webinar on March 15th is Available as On-demand

We just fished the first webinar of our series on Zen Buddhism and it's practice.  Today's topic was "no-self" and "anti-intellecturalism" in Zen Buddhism. Those who couldn't join the live webinar. The video is available as on-demand. Please go to…

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Zen Webinar with Rev. Takafumi Zenryu Kawakami on March 15th at 9:00 am JST

Zen Webinar by Rev. Takafumi Zenryu Kawakami, "Introduction to Zen Meditation and Philosophy" https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WavNCIGlR9yvDLb0TFM-tg Date and Time March 15th 9:00 am in Japan March 14th 8:00 pm in U.S. Eastern Time March 14th…

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Public Talk on Zen and Well-being at MIT on Feb. 17th at 5:00 pm

“Being Zen: Conversations on Living Well and Mindfulness” Date: February 17th, 2020 Time: 5PM Location: MIT Building 1 Room 190 ( MIT 1-190) Thank you so much, Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi for hosting me there again.

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Lecture and Dialogue on Zen with Amy Webb of Future Today Institute in NYC on Feb. 18th

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-today-institute-open-lab-reverend-takafumi-kawakami-tickets-92028390393 Future Today Institution Open Lab: “What Zen can teach us about confronting deep uncertainty and the future.” We are living in an era of…

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3-day Zen and Self-Cultivation Retreat in English at Shunkoin Temple from Jan. 29th to 31st, 2020

We will offer a 3-day Zen and self-cultivation retreat in English at Shunkoin Temple from Jan. 29th to 31st, 2020. During the retreat, you will learn Zen, Buddhist, and other Eastern philosophies and meditation practices.  If you think that…

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Three-day Zen and Self-cultivation Retreat in English in Kyoto in January, 2020

We will host the three-day Zen and self-cultivation retreat in English at Shunkoin Temple from January 29th to 31st, 2020. Zen meditation, some of the mindfulness practices, and lectures about Buddhist and Zen philosophy will be offered by Rev.…

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京の夏の旅 妙心寺・春光院 夏季の夜間特別公開 8月4日まで

京の夏の旅 夜間特別公開 「夜、金の秘密が見えてくる」 期間:6月26日から8月4日 時間:17時から21時まで(受付終了20時30分) 拝観料:900円 (団体申し込み:800円) https://on-the-trip.com/news/75/ 谷崎潤一郎の「陰翳礼讃」に描かれている本当の金襖の美しさとはどの様な物か?という事を実際に皆様に体験して頂こうという趣旨で、今回の企画を始めさせていただきました。…

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Special Night-time Opening Jun. 29th – Aug. 4th (17:00 – 20:30)

Special Night-time Opening of Shunkoin Temple Period: June 29th - August 4th Time: 17:00 - 20:30 (last entry) Fee: 900 yen Shunkoin Temple 42 Hanazono-Myoshinji-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035 Japan The closest train station: Hanazono Station on JR…

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Course - Japanese Calligraphy

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Japanese Calligraphy

Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) is not only a form of visual arts. But it is also a mindfulness practice. You can pay close attention to each stroke of brush while you are writing letters.

Zen and Japanese calligraphy share a common traits.

From the first brush stroke to the last, the journey from the beginning to the end is as important as the result in Japanese calligraphy or shodo.

This Japanese calligraphy class for beginners helps you be mindful in each stroke of brush in English.

Experience the traditional calligraphy on the temple grounds. Our friendly teacher will guide you through this journey. Learn to write your own name or favorite words in Japanese and take your works back home.

Our experienced calligraphy teacher guides you to the Japanese calligraphy experience in English.

  • 90 minutes
  • Reservation required
  • Maximum capacity: 8 people
  • You can take your works home with you.
  • Fee: 3,500 yen per person

About the teacher, Kanako Ota

  • Comes from a family of traditional Japanese artisans.
  • Teaching the philosophy of Japanese calligraphy and years of experience based on simplicity and enjoyment.

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Course - Tea Ceremony

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Tea Ceremony

Experience and learn about tea ceremony at a historic Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto


Myoan Eisai brought both the Rinzai School of Zen Buddhism and green tea from China to Japan in the late 12th century. Japanese tea culture was first established in the Zen Buddhist environment. Zen Buddhism has had a significant impact on Japanese tea ceremony. Thus, it is more meaningful to learn and experience a tea ceremony at a Zen Buddhist temple.

Advanced Tea Ceremony Course (90 min.)

“Tea and Zen Have the Same Flavor/禅茶一味”

  • Fee: 5,500 yen per person
  • Reservation: Required
  • Maximum capacity: 8 people

This Zen phrase is often used to describe how the essence of Zen and the Way of Tea are the same.

Enjoy a deep session with a Tea expert as he will guide you through the Tea Ceremony. The course includes a short sitting meditation followed by a practice to serve Matcha (powdered green tea). The meditative atmosphere will further evoke discussions on how the taste of Zen and Tea are one.

Instructor Dairik Amae

The expert began his Tea practice at 19 years old, and has lived in multiple countries including Korea, Russia, USA, Syria, and Ukraine. He has a background in Japanese architecture as well as design.

https://www.instagram.com/dairikamae/

Regular Tea Ceremony Course (60 min.)

  • Fee: 3,500 yen per person
  • Reservation: Required
  • Maximum capacity: 10 people

Pay attention to the smallest things – the sound of water dripping from the tea ladle. Focus your mind on the present moment.

As the years pass, I have gradually come to understand that “the way of tea” is “the way of life”.
I hope my guests will enjoy mindful moments through tea ceremony.

Basic content

  • Talk about the history and philosophy of the tea ceremony
  • Explanation of the tea house
  • Observe a tea ceremony performed by the instructor
  • Making your own tea and after enjoying it with wagashi, Japanese sweets

Instructor: Aiko Tanaka

She was born and raised in Kyoto and influenced by her mother, who was a teacher of tea. She has been practicing the way of tea since she was young child.

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Course - Zen Meditation

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Zen meditation

Learn the practical aspects of Zen philosophy & meditation

Mindfulness & meditation have great benefits for our hectic modern lives—let us be your guide in beginning your journey and help you look inside.

Shunko-in Temple offers Zen meditation classes and temple tours in English. The American-educated vice abbot will lead you in the basics of Zen meditation, followed by a tour of the temple.

If you find yourself in Kyoto or are planning on coming, please consider joining one of our courses.

Zen Meditation Classes in English


During the meditation class, participants will not only receive instructions on the basics of meditation and experience it within the temple setting, but will also learn how to incorporate Zen philosophy into their daily lives. Using a scientific perspective, the vice-abbot will explain how meditation influences your mind in everyday life.

Courses


We have these types of zen meditation courses:

  • Regular meditation class
  • Advanced meditation class
  • Private meditation sessions for individuals or groups
  • Meditation sessions for academic & corporate groups

And two long-form programs:

  • Retreat program (beginning 2020)
  • Corporate executive well-being course

For times for the regular mediation class, please check our schedule page.
For the other three types of courses, please contact us. Private sessions start at 40,000 yen (for up to 8 people).

Regular meditation course details


Held nearly daily (check schedule); no reservation required. Please check our schedule page for availability.

Tour content

  • Reception
  • Instruction (5 min.)
  • Meditation (two sets of 15-min. sessions)
  • Temple tour (30 min.)
  • Matcha green tea and a Japanese sweet

Time

  • 9:30-11:00 (no reservation required)
  • 11:00-12:30 (only for a group of 10 or more and reservation required)

Price

  • Regular meditation course: 3,000 yen
  • Regular meditation course for staying guests: 1,500 yen
  • Meditation course without tour or tea ceremony: 2,500 yen
  • Private Meditation Session: 40,000 yen + sales tax (8%) for up to 8 people
  • Advanced Session: 10,000 yen

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Access

Access

Information on how to get to Shunkoin Temple

By Taxi


Please tell taxi driver to take you to the north main gate of Myoshinji Temple (Myoshinji-kitamon) on Ichijo Street. Shunkoin Temple is inside of Myoshinji Temple (the Myoshinji temple complex). The temple is about 150 meters from the north main gate. SHUNKO-IN TEMPLE in Myoshinji Temple.

Show this to the driver:

妙心寺・春光院

タクシーでお越しの際は、一条通に面した、「妙心寺の北門」までお越しください。 そこから妙心寺の境内に入られ、150メートル進んだところに、春光院はございます。

By Train


Take the JR Sagano line from Kyoto Station to Hanazono Station (10-15 min.). The south gate of the Myoshin-ji Temple complex is a short walk from the station.

By Bus


Take Kyoto City Bus #26 from Kyoto Station or Shijo Karasuma, and get off at Myoshinji Kitamon-mae bus stop (30-40 min.). Take Kyoto Bus #61, 62 or 63 from Sanjo Keihan and get off at Myoshinji-mae bus stop (30-40 min.).

Address & Phone


SHUNKO-IN TEMPLE
42 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035 JAPAN
京都府京都市右京区花園妙心寺町42
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Phone: +81 75 -462-5488 (international)
075-462-5488 (domestic)

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If you have any issues, contact us by email or through our Contact page.

Looking forward to meeting you!

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