The 79th Abbot of Daihonzan Eiheiji, Zen Master Fukuyama Taiho will retired on September 29th in this fall. In addition, regarding the retirement ceremony, due to the social situation of infectious disease epidemic, we will hold with only invited people in limited. On the same day, Vice Abbot Minamizawa Donin will enter to the temple as the 80th Abbot of Daihonzan Eiheiji.
Eiheiji, "The Temple of Eternal Peace", is one of the two head temples of Soto Zen.
It is located deep in the mountains, near the northwest coast of Japan, not far from Fukui City.
This temple was founded by Zen Master Dōgen in 1244. He was offered land and other help for this by Yoshishige Hatano, a samurai who was one of his most devoted lay followers.
Dōgen thus founded Eiheiji, where he devoted himself to training his followers in the perfection of Zen practice in every action of daily life.
Dōgen Zenji's authentic Zen has been scrupulously observed and passed down by his successors. Still today, at Eiheiji over one hundred monks devote themselves wholeheartedly to his practice of shikantaza
In order to protect our traditional monastic practice and environment, we ask all visitors to follow our rules.
All visitors, even those who come only for sightseeing, are received and are expected to behave with respect as participants in religious activities.
We hope your trip to Eiheiji will be a memorable experience for you.
Thank you for your consideration.
Regarding to Visit Daihonzan Eiheiji
New coronavirus infection
September 1st, 2020
Goshuin is a traditional document certifying that you have visited a temple or shrine. It is written in Japanese calligraphy and stamped.
You can choose either a prepared goshuin certificate, or have it written in a notebook (also available for purchase here).