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Zazen

The foundation of the Soto Zen Schoolfs teachings is zazen. Dogen Zenji who was the founder of Soto Zen School said in gUniversal Recommended Instructions for Zazenh (Fukan Zazengi) as follows. gThe zazen I speak of is not meditation practice. It is simply the dharma gate of joyful ease, the practice-realization of totally culminated enlightenment.h
Zazen is not a practice method for enlightenment, it is the entrance to ease body and mind. The essence of zazen at Koshoji has the flavor of graceful and elegant simplicity.
When you would like to calm the body and mind in your busy life. When you would like to be free from distress or emotional pain.
Any reason is fine to start zazen. Sit with serene mind and make the time to face yourself.
 
À‘T Sunday Zazen Class
We hold Zazen Class on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:00. If you are attending for first time, please come at 8:30 for instruction.
(No zazen class in case of temple event)


Zazen Experience
We accept registrations at any time. Please call to register in advance. We request 1,000yen for donation.
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Sutra Transcribing

ŽÊŒo You can quietly transcribe the teachings of the Buddha word by word.
We have copies of the Heart of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, the Life-Extending Ten-Line Kannon Sutra, and a calligraphy set.

It takes about one hour for the Heart of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra and 15 minutes for the Life-Extending Ten-Line Kannon Sutra.
We ask 1,000yen for donation each time.
>Procedure of Sutra Transcribing
Explanation of how to do it: 10 minutes
Sutra Chanting: 10 minutes
Sutra Transcribing: Approximately one hour
 
  There are days when we can not accept Zazen Experience and Sutra Transcribing depending on Temple events.
Please check on the homepage or the phone.
 
     
 
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Life of Training Monks

…………………Introducing one part of monks training at Koshoji, the gFirst opened monastery of Sotoshu (in Japan)h…………………
An Example of Our Daily Schedule
4:00 Wake-up Bell/Dawn Zazen
5:00 Morning Sutra Chanting/gUniversal Gate of Kanzeon Bodhisattvah Chapter of the Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma/Great Compassion Mind Dharani/Marvelously Beneficial Disaster Preventing Dharani
Harmony of Difference and Equality/Precious Mirror Samadhi/hLife Span of the Tathagatah Chapter of Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma
Morning Meal/Daytime Labor/Work
11:00 Midday Sutra Chanting/Great Compassion Mind Dharani/Dharani of the Victorious Ushnisha
Midday Meal/Work/Tea/Work
17:00 Evening Sutra Chanting/Great Compassion Mind Dharani
Ambrosia Gate or Perfection of Wisdom Diamond Sutra

Evening Meal/Opening Bath/Evening Zazen
21:00 Putting our beds
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Work
   
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At the training monastery, cleaning is called gSamu.h
Inside and outside of temple and maintain, we take care of the mountain behind the temple. On every 3rd and 9th days, cleaning with great attention.
 
Practice for Ceremony
   
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gShintaih means manners and movements during the ceremony. Learning the old style passed down generation to generation.
Practicing sutra chanting, movement of the officiant, and so on.
 
Lecture
   
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Details in the Sutras, practicing melodic chanting.
Officers of this temple give lectures on human rights and instruct the monks on how to prepare a Dharma talk.
 
Annual Events
Early January Revolving Reading of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra Early to Mid-September Special Work Period
February 1st to 14th Abbreviated Sutra Chanting of Nirvana Assembly September 26th to 28th Memorial Ceremony for the Founding Abbot
February 15th Nirvana Assembly One day in October Tea Festival, a Memorial Service for used Tea Whisks
One day in February Period of Sutra Chanting for First Day of Horse October 5th Daruma Memorial
February to one day of March Special Work Period December 1st to 5th Awakening Day Sesshin
April 8th Buddhafs Birthday Assembly December 8th Buddhafs Attainment Assembly
May 13th Opening of Heroic March Assembly December 9th Severed Arm Sesshin
August 13th Closing of Heroic March Assembly December 31st Year End Bell Ringing
August 16th Ceremony for Bon Festival
 
Things to Bring
Appropriate clothing Dressing when entering the mountain (temple) Wondering Monkfs Pack, Bowls, Scroll of gDragons and heavenly beingsh, Nirvana Money, Covers for the back of the hand and wrist, Leggings, Straw Sandals, Wickerwork Bamboo Hat
Sutras and Books Soto School Scriptures for Daily Services and Practice, Handbook for Soto Monks, Standard Observances of the Soto Zen School
Robes Kesa (Summer/Winter), Rakusu, Jikitotsu (Summer/Winter), Kairyoe(Summer), Colored Kimono (Several, Summer/Winter), White Kimono(Several, Summer/Winter), Juban (Several), Tabi (Several pairs), Bessu (Several pairs)
Necessities for Work Samue (Several, Summer/Winter), Underwear (for ten days), Work socks (ten pairs), White hand towel, Cloth shoes with rubber soles, Sneakers, Rubber boots (Heavy duty)
Others Sewing set, Calligraphy set, Writing implement, White dishcloth, Toiletries (Toothbrush), Razor (with blades for several months)
Remarks These are standard contents and different from other monasteries.
 
   
 
Visiting to Other Schoolfs Head Temple
 
Sewing Kesa
     
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Making use of our location, once a month, we visit the head temples of other schools of Buddhism around Kyoto. The purpose of this visit is to recognize Sotoshu teachings by coming in contact with other schoolsf teaching.
  We have opportunities to experience, visiting head temples, sewing a kesa, practicing calligraphy, rice cake pounding and many other things.
 
Rice Cake Pounding
   
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We are busy at year end to prepare for the New Year. All training monks make rice cakes which are used for offerings.
 
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