Practicing/Studying Zen in Japan

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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.

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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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Nowadays there is much talk about the sublime and the profound, or conversely criticism of the Two Vehicles, belittling their authority. [Proponents of] the partial, the round, the exoteric and the esoteric schools contend with each other, yet they have not even accomplished the confirmation of the Two Vehicles, let alone that of the Bodhisattva Vehicle. And as for the One Buddha Vehicle, how could they conceive of it even in their dreams? What use to them are the partial, round, exoteric and esoteric teachings? - Torei

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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.


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