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अ Buddhism Meditation made-easy (PM)

奈良市, Japan

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Experience hosted by Shinren

90 mins
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, French, Japanese

What you'll do

Here, in very silent temple at the foot of Mt.Kasuga, learn Ajikan meditation in a easy comprehensive way!
"Ajikan" is a visualizing Meditation as one of Shingon esoteric exercises, which is different from 'Zazen' aiming to eliminate the ego.
Ajikan is a general term referring to four different stages of meditation: Susokukan (breath counting meditation), Asokukan (breathing meditation), Gachirinkan (moon disc meditation) and Ajikan (meditating on a sanscrit letter A).

1) At the entrance of the ascetic hall, take off yr shoes, put yr baggage, and take incense powder to purify yourself.

2) Proceed to ascetic hall, and I will give you brief profile of the temple, and how to meditate in Ajikan style. Meditations will be split into 3 sessions, you can stretch your legs if you feel stiff.

3) The program will cover two of the above stages of meditation - Susokukan and Gachirinkan, but in several five to fifteen minutes sessions concentrating on breathing and each part of the body and face.

Visualization of being as one with the moon and universe in the meditation helps you achieve mindfulness and refreshment!  And when finished, let's have a break with me over matcha&sweet.

As I hope to give better understandings of Ajikan method to guest's heart's content. I normally have a translator to join the meditation and to communicate, which service I believe is my specialty!
Other things to note
You are supposed to take off your shoes and be prepared with your feet and socks clean.(We can help your cleaning feet at the entrance, of course!)
Here, in very silent temple at the foot of Mt.Kasuga, learn Ajikan meditation in a easy comprehensive way!
"Ajikan" is a visualizing Meditation as one of Shingon esoteric exercises, which is different from 'Zazen' aiming to eliminate the ego.
Ajikan is a general term referring to four different stages of meditation: Susokukan (breath counting meditation), Asokukan (breathing meditation), Gachirinkan (moon disc meditation) and Ajika…

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What's included

  • Food
    Japanese "wagashi" sweet
  • Drinks
    Matcha tea
  • Equipment
    Incense powder and Scroll for meditation
From $36
/ person
Sat, Nov 28
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
$36 per person
$36 per person
Sat, Dec 19
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
$36 per person
$36 per person

Meet your host, Shinren

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 5 Reviews
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I may be one of the enthusiastic monks in Nara wishing to share what a "Ajikan" visualizing meditation is all about, and hope you may have a chance to get the knack of this method to bring home and continue by yourself.
Breath counting in this meditation may help you also going in to sleep when at home or when you are suffering from jet-lag during your travel!

I am the chief priest of the temple Fuku-in having most of my learning experience at Koyasan. At Koyasan I was given precepts, and finished necessary trainings at "Entsuritsuji" temple ascetic hall. Finally, I was Invested the rank of 'ajari,' or master, at "Shin-no-in" temple ascetic hall.

My temple is at the foot of Mt.Kasuga near Kasugataisha, and your access is easier from there.
Contact me for adding your wished class dates, I'll do my best for welcoming you!
I may be one of the enthusiastic monks in Nara wishing to share what a "Ajikan" visualizing meditation is all about, and hope you may have a chance to get the knack of this method to bring home and continue by yourself.
Breath counting in this meditation may help you also going in to sleep when at home or when you are suffering from jet-lag during your travel!

I am the chief priest of the temple Fuku-in having most of my learning experience at Koyasan. At Koyasan I was gi…
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About the organization: Wellness Inbound Association



Nara Wellness Tourism (Wellness Inbound Association) is a non-profit organization providing private tourist, families, corporate retreats, etc. with unique and detailed (not touristy) experiences of Nara. https://www.gonarastay.com/ They help Nara-based shrines, temples, ryokans, stores, and individuals, etc. to be recognized globally.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Wellness Inbound Association.

Where you'll be

Many visitors from the world are enjoying promenade in this quiet area of Nara, called "Takabatake". Nara embraces around 40 Shingon Risshu sect temples, which is the same origin with Koya-San Shingon sect.
Our temple is one of these temples and famous for "Fuku-Kensak-Kannon" figure, the realization body of the deity enshrined at Kasuga grandshrine. Also the Matchmaking and Separation deity is enshrined.
our HP : https://www.fuku-in.com

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

ToonLee
November 2019
We did prayers first, followed by sitting posture, breathing techniques, purification visualization and consciousness. Then a good explanation of the meditation origin, the place of Fuku’in temple and some personal discussion. Shinren also served us matcha thereafter and recommended a place for dinner. We learnt a lot and enjoyed the temple, which has Buddhism and Shinto-ism in one place, tremendously. We will be back tomorrow for the monk’s prayer and fire hom ceremony. Looking forward to it!
We did prayers first, followed by sitting posture, breathing techniques, purification visualization and consciousness. Then a good explanation of the meditation origin, the place o…
John B P
October 2019
This was a wonderful experience! Shinren sensei welcomed us in to his temple and the instruction was great! Three phases of meditation were practiced at a beginner level, and we finished off with green tea and sweets. One of a kind experience!
This was a wonderful experience! Shinren sensei welcomed us in to his temple and the instruction was great! Three phases of meditation were practiced at a beginner level, and we…
Sebastian
July 2019
Shinren and his translator were both friendly and approachable. They made the class engaging, we got feedback and all of our questions were answered. This was a great opportunity for learning.
Pedro
February 2020
It was a really nice experience, the explanations were very clear and easy to understand.
Kim
June 2019
An important and valuable experience. 100% recommended.

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Cancellation policy

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Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

What to bring

Clean bare feet