Spiritual Retreats Near Tokyo

  • Published on : 29/05/2020
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Great Buddha, Kamakura

Great Buddha, Kamakura

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Découvrir l’art du zen à Tokyo et dans ses environs

Avec ses buildings et son centre bouillonnant, la trépidante Tokyo n’est forcément pas la ville à laquelle on pense lorsqu’on évoque les retraites spirituelles au Japon. Pourtant, la capitale japonaise regorge de temples prêts à accueillir les visiteurs étrangers pour une séance de détente. Entre retraites de plusieurs jours etsimples sessions de méditation collective, découvrez cinq endroits où pratiquer le zen au cœur de Tokyo.

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The art of zazen in Engaku-ji (Kamakura)

With the giant Buddha that made the area popular with visitors, it is not surprising that Kamakura is part of our selection. Among the temples here, it is Engaku-ji that interests us.

Founded in 1282 this old Buddhist temple offers several zazen sessions every Saturday. The "classes" are then divided by level, with an hour of meditation for beginners from 1.20 to 2.20 p.m. Then a session for advanced practitioners from 2.40 to 3.40 p.m. The monks also run a 60-minute session open to all every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is preceded by a Japanese sermon from 09:00.

Engakuji Temple

Engakuji Temple

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Meditate at the weekend in Kounji (Tokyo)

Kounji is a small temple hidden away in the district of Setagaya. Attached is the school of Soto Zen temple that organizes classes open to beginners every Saturday night (17:00 to 19:00).

Training, tips and readings of sacred texts, meditation sessions are akin here to real courses where strictness is required.

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In Tokyo, some temples offer structured courses to learn the basics of Zen

In Tokyo, some temples offer structured courses to learn the basics of Zen

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Naritasan Shinshoji is one of the few temples near Tokyo to accept multi-day spiritual retreats

Naritasan Shinshoji is one of the few temples near Tokyo to accept multi-day spiritual retreats

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In Tokyo too, spiritual retreats are possible!

In Tokyo too, spiritual retreats are possible!

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