Practice Zazen



Eiheiji is not just a tourist spot. Since 1244 and down to this very day, its halls have been filled with the sincere atmosphere of Zen practitioners unceasingly carrying out the Buddha’s teachings as they were transmitted by Zen Master Dōgen. There is nothing special about this practice: We just eat, clean up, chant, sleep and sit zazen, wholeheartedly and in accordance with the pure standard.
You too can stay and practice zazen here, through these following programs.






One-Night Stay


Please note that accommodation will be available only when this temple can provide rooms and an English interpreter.
We have only one overnight program (see below). If you wish to stay longer than one night, please participate in the “International Zen Workshop”.



SANRO PROGRAM



You can stay at Eiheiji and experience zazen, monastic meals and the morning service through the one-night stay “Sanro” program. All visitors are expected to follow the schedule and rules of the temple.
The program includes:

  • Two 40-minute periods of zazen (shikantaza, “single-minded sitting”).
  • Participation in the morning service.
  • Watching a movie about Eiheiji.
  • A guided tour of the historical temple facilities.
  • Two meals of traditional temple cuisine.
  • According to circumstances, further activities may be included as well.


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APPLY TO THE SANRO PROGRAM






International Zen Workshop


The International Zen Workshop (IZW) offers several days of genuine Zen practice. Participants experience zazen, lectures on the teachings of Zen Master Dōgen, formal meals, eaten in the traditional manner, and morning service.

2019 IZW Schedule


Beginner's program Mar 26th-29th
1st program May 20th-23rd
2nd program Jun 26th-29th
3rd program Nov 1st-4th

** Participants must follow the entire program, partial participation is NOT available.

IZW PROGRAM

Three nights and four days



You are expected to follow the schedule and rules of the temple.
The workshop includes:

  • Eight to ten 40-minute periods of zazen per day (shikantaza, “single-minded sitting”).
  • Participation in morning service, including chanting, bows and further practices.
  • Work practice, including cleaning.
  • Lectures and dharma talks on the teaching of Zen Master Dōgen and Buddhism.
  • Formal meals, eaten in the traditional manner with special bowls (oryoki).
  • According to circumstances, further activities may be included as well.

Please read the details before applying.

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IZW BEGINNER'S PROGRAM

Three nights and four days



You are expected to follow the schedule and rules of the temple.
The workshop includes:

  • Five to eight 40-minute periods of zazen per day (shikantaza, “single-minded sitting”).
  • Participation in morning service, including chanting, bows and further practices.
  • Work practice, including cleaning.
  • Lectures and dharma talks on the teaching of Zen Master Dōgen and Buddhism.
  • Formal meals, eaten in the traditional manner
  • According to circumstances, further activities may be included as well.

Please read the details before applying.

FIND DETAILS








5-15 Shihi Eiheiji-cho Yoshida-gun Fukui-ken 910-1228, Japan
Tel : 0776-63-3188
/ Fax : 0776-63-3631


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