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Complete beginners; people from other strands of Buddhism; enlightened masters; those who are simply curious about meditation-- our zendo welcomes all. We sometimes get twenty+ people show up, we sometimes get only four. On average we get around 6 ~ 12 people attending, which includes regulars and sometimes a couple through Meet-up too. We are an international Zen Buddhist group that has been meeting weekly in the middle of Tokyo on Saturdays for many years. Our main practice is zazen meditation, but we also have lectures by our teachers Peter Rocca and Gerhard Wolfram (and sometimes Oli) where we look at Zen Buddhist philosophy together. It's a relaxed atmosphere. We don't use a kyosaku (the stick you get hit with). Meetings are in English. Discussion and questions are encouraged. There are no fees for the Saturday meetings. We also occasionally go to temples on long holiday weekends for some short retreats, which cost accordingly. Welcome!

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Zazen Meditation and Lecture


We have an hour zazen and kinhin (walking meditation) from 11:00 (I put the start time as 10:45 as it's good for any people new to zazen to get a little bit of instruction before sitting). This session is optional. You can choose to come to just the early sitting, or the later sitting, or come to both. From 12:30 we have another sitting for 30 minutes, and after that we have an hour lecture by Peter Rocca where we usually go over Buddhist philosophy based on the teachings of Master Dogen in his text, The Shobogenzo. It is advisable to wear loose comfortable clothing for sitting zazen. It is advisable to wear loose comfortable clothing for sitting zazen. - NOTE: Numbers from Meetup have to be limited to 15 due to space constraints and fitting in regular members also (though we do not usually have such an amount of people signing up from Meetup, this is just in case as we have previously on unpredictable, random occasions). It will be held at the Tokyo University Young Buddhist's Association (they have an office floor in the MUFJ building). Here is a link to the place on Google Maps: https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/%EF%BC%88%E8%B2%A1%EF%BC%89%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E5%A4%A7%E5%AD%A6%E4%BB%8F%E6%95%99%E9%9D%92%E5%B9%B4%E4%BC%9A/@35.7066804,139.7607403,19.74z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x60188c3c9dcb5483:0x77bcecf847ce59d5!8m2!3d35.7068736!4d139.7610609?hl=en (https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/%EF%BC%88%E8%B2%A1%EF%BC%89%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E5%A4%A7%E5%AD%A6%E4%BB%8F%E6%95%99%E9%9D%92%E5%B9%B4%E4%BC%9A/@35.7066804,139.7607403,19.74z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x60188c3c9dcb5483:0x77bcecf847ce59d5%218m2%213d35.7068736%214d139.7610609?hl=en) And to help even further, one of our other main teachers, Peter Rocca made a video of how to get there from the Marunouchi line. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ9TivDHTOk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ9TivDHTOk Also, here is a nice explanatory video by the founder of our group explaining how to sit zazen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsFlrdXVFgo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsFlrdXVFgo

Buddhist Temple Retreat near Tokyo in Golden Week - May 3 to 6, 2019

Shougaku-ji - 正覚寺


We'll be holding a four-day (three-night) Buddhist Retreat at Shokakuji temple, which is a bus ride away from Hanno City in Saitama Prefecture, from May 3 to 6 (Friday to Monday) 2019. Instructions and talks at the retreat will be in English. Anyone interested is invited to attend, and the retreat is suitable for beginners. The quiet, mountainous area around the temple provides a pleasant setting for a brief taste of Buddhist life. The meals during the retreat are suitable for vegetarians. Cost: 25,000 yen. The cost includes accommodation and meals during the retreat, but excludes the cost of transportation (approximately 1,300 yen one-way from Tokyo) to the temple. We ask for a ¥5,000 deposit to reserve a place. * Anyone wishing to come to the retreat but who can't stay for three nights and four days is also welcome. The cost to attend for two days and one night is 8,500 yen, and for three days and two nights is 17,000 yen. What to Bring: The temple provide all meals and accommodation during the retreat. It's possible to take a bath during the retreat, but the temple ask everyone attending the retreat to bring their own bath towel. We recommend bringing comfortable clothing for practicing meditation. Deadline: April 28. Please feel free to sign up on here or by email to Peter ([masked]). You can also sign up for the retreat at our regular Saturday classes at Tokyo University Buddhists Association. As already mentioned a deposit of 5,000 yen is required to reserve a place. Transport to the Temple: Most of the participants will be traveling together from Tokyo to Hanno station on the Seibu-Ikebukuro line. We'll meet at 9.30 am on Friday morning (May 3rd) at the East Exit of Seibu-Ikebukuro station, and take a Seibu-Ikebukuro line train bound for Hanno station. After arriving at Hanno station, we'll take a bus to the temple. You're welcome to travel with this group. If you're going to Hanno station directly, you can meet with the group coming from Tokyo at Hanno station at around 10.40 am. Click here for directions to the meeting place at Seibu-Ikebukuro Station. (http://www.zen.ie/Retreat_Meetup_Spot.pdf) For more information or to sign up, email Peter at: [masked] or alternatively have a look at the details here: www.zen.ie/zazenretreat.html

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