Shinshō-ji

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Phone inquiries 084-988-1111(temple office)

    ZEN Experience

    “Eliminating worldly thoughts, putting the heart, mind, and body in order, gazing at oneself: the experience of Zen training.”

    ZEN Experience ¥4,600

    Please click here for the Zen retreat (1 night 2 days)

    • 9:00 registration・introduction
      10:00~11:30 chanting the Heart Sutra
      zazen (seated meditation) - Zendō
      12:00~13:00 "Five Meal Contemplations" verse
      Gokan-dō (lunch)
      13:00~14:30 shagyō (sutra copying) - Hibutsu-dō
      14:30~15:00 Gankū-in (tea break)
      15:00 departure
    • Heart Sutra
      The most important sutra in Buddhism
      The Five Meal Contemplations
      The verses recited before meals in the Zen sect. For monks one of the ritual aspects of meals
      Sutra Copying
      In Buddhism, there is the practice of copying sutras by hand.
    [Notes]
    Applications are accepted at any time.
    In the case of cancellation, please call us by the day before your reservation.

    Zazen (Seated Meditation)

    Time required 1 hour
    Location Mumyō-in Zazen Hall
    Fee ¥600 / person.
    Minimum of three people.

    Through zazen, by putting the body and the breath in order, one's clouded mind grows clear. This is called the empty mind, which is not a state of nothingness. Like water can take any form, the mind should be without preferences and not hung up or caught by anything. Zazen is the best method for cultivating this gentle mind. At this temple, you can experience zazen as well as listen to a priest's short sermon in between zazen sessions.

    [Notes]
    Applications are accepted at any time.
    In the case of cancellation, please call us by the day before your reservation.

    Sutra Copying

    Time required 40 - 80min
    Location Hibutsu-dō
    Fee ¥1,000

    In Buddhism, there is the practice of copying sutras character by character. At this temple, we copy the Heart Sutra. While some people engage in sutra copying with a wish in mind, by leaving behind mistaken views of the world and becoming absorbed in the act of writing, false thoughts that arise in daily life are extinguished, and you can enter a trance called "samādhi." Herein lies the sublime experience of sutra copying. No special abilities are required. What's most important is that you engage in the process with a sincere attitude. Insofar as time allows, try adopting a relaxed approach to the task at hand.

    [Notes]
    Advance application is not required. Sutra copying can be experienced at any time in the Hibutsu-dō.

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    Graveyard contact

    Contact Shinshō-ji International Zen Training Hall here

    Access

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    91,Kamisanna, Numakuma-chō, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken 720-0401 JapanFree shuttle bus(only on weekdays):
    Leave Fukuyama Station at the north exit, enter the Showa onsen shuttle bus and get off at 「Shinshōji」
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    Tomotetsu bus (direct bus, only weekend and holidays)
    Fukuyama station, bus terminal, bus stop #6, enter a bus heading for 「Chitosebashi」,「Abuto」,「Tsuneishi」or「Utsuminyōkyō」and get off at 「Shinshōji」
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    Tomotetsu bus (regular bus)
    Fukuyama station, bus terminal, bus stop #6, enter a bus heading for 「Chitosebashi」,「Abuto」,「Tsuneishi」or「Utsuminyōkyō」and get off at 「Tenjinyama」. From there it is 15 minutes to walk.(We can pick you up at the 「Tenjinyama」bus stop. Please call us.)
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    Sanyō Shinkansen (Bullet Train), Sanyō Main Line: 30 minutes by Tomotetsu Bus
    25 minutes from Fukuyama Station by car.

    Experiences and Relaxation

    Gokan-dō (Shinshō-ji udon)

    Information on the origins of and the way of eating Shinshō-ji udon.

    Gankū-in (Café)

    Enjoy green tea in an over 400 year-old thatched roof building moved to its present location from Eigen-ji.

    Bathhouse

    The bathhouse is one of the seven regular buildings of a traditional Zen temple. Visitors may take a bath there.

    About the admission fee

    About Shinshō-ji

    Shinshōji Zen Temple overview
    Introduction to Shinshōji Zen Temple (Rinzai sect Kennin-ji school)

    Temple office information
    Information on the Temple Office, designed by architect Fujimori Terunobu.

    Hibutsu-dō information
    An overview of the hall and how to use it.

    Shōshintei (Garden of the Appreciating Heart) information
    Information on Shinshō-ji's garden Shōshintei.