Practicing/Studying Zen in Japan

Practicing/Studying Zen in Japan

Postby sherabzangpo » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:27 pm

Does anybody have any contacts for Zen monasteries that accept foreigners in Japan?
I am interested in making a 1-3 month trip to Japan, although I probably would only want to stay in a temple 2 months max.
In particular, I am looking for ones that:

1) Do not have a time commitment more than a month, and
2) Charge a reasonable rate for staying there (ideally $25 or less a day)
3) Ideally do not require you to work all day (although some work is fine and zazen is great)

The only ones that I really know of are Antai-ji, which used to be quite open but now requires a 3 month commitment, and Hosen-ji near Kyoto, which is somewhat expensive (80,000 Yen a month or $800).

Any help would be appreciated.

Also, I used to be pretty good at Japanese, but that was 8 years ago (when I was last in Japan in 2005 -- lived there for 6 months and studied the language for about 3 years), so I am a beginner again.

I'm also interested in Shingon temples too, but that seems even less accessible.
In frightening eons of chaos,
In unrefined times of great fear,
Many harmful spirits in the form of monks
Will refer to us with unpleasantries.

Out of respect for the World's Master,
We will strive to feel encouraged, with powerful joy.
Donning the armor of patience,
We shall vigorously expound this Sūtra.

- The Tibetan Lotus Sūtra: Scripture on the Wondrous Dharma of the White Lotus (saddharma puṇḍarīka sūtra, dam pa'i chos pad+ma dkar po'i mdo)
Chapter 12: Encouragement (spro bar bya ba)
http://www.tibetanlotussutra.net
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Re: Practicing/Studying Zen in Japan

Postby Meido » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:08 pm

If interested in Rinzai practice, you might inquire with this place near Kyoto:

http://www.tekishin.org/english/index.htm

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Re: Practicing/Studying Zen in Japan

Postby sherabzangpo » Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:01 pm

Interesting, but still rather expensive (3000 Yen per night or about $900/month). Of course if it were just for a shorter stay, it wouldn't be that expensive. Will keep it in mind.
In frightening eons of chaos,
In unrefined times of great fear,
Many harmful spirits in the form of monks
Will refer to us with unpleasantries.

Out of respect for the World's Master,
We will strive to feel encouraged, with powerful joy.
Donning the armor of patience,
We shall vigorously expound this Sūtra.

- The Tibetan Lotus Sūtra: Scripture on the Wondrous Dharma of the White Lotus (saddharma puṇḍarīka sūtra, dam pa'i chos pad+ma dkar po'i mdo)
Chapter 12: Encouragement (spro bar bya ba)
http://www.tibetanlotussutra.net
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