If You Need to Find Inner Peace, You Can Visit This Temple in Japan
Spend a few days examining your innermost self.
Tendai-shu Gabisan Monjusenji
2432, Daionji, Kunisaki-machi, Kunisaki-shi, Oita Prefecture
Open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There are days when the temple is not open for visitors. Inquiry is required.
People don’t always take trips to go sightseeing or experience a different culture. Sometimes, they book their tickets to find solitude. They go on retreats to clear their thoughts and renew their spirit. In Japan, there is a practice known as
Shukubo entails lodging in a temple or shrine, where you can participate in activities
There is a quiet temple near the Kunisaki Peninsula where you can spend some time alone.
A solitary journey in Tendai-
The group of temples extending to the Kunisaki Peninsula in the Oita Prefecture is collectively called Rokugomanzan. Dating back to the ancient times, the area has been considered a place for mountain worship, particularly for the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism.
Beginning from a desire for people to treasure the feeling of worshipping at a temple, Monjusenji named the
Day 1 (3 p.m.) Sutra-transcribing
Transcribing the sutra requires you to carefully trace from a copybook placed underneath the sheet of paper provided. After doing so, you fill in a form with your name, wish, and the date.
An hour’s worth of concentration on the 290 words and copying Buddha’s teachings or Hannya Shingyo can do wonders to your body and heart. You can offer your work, along with
Day 1 (6:30 p.m.) Dinner
The dinner served is purely comprised of vegetable dishes. These dishes differ depending on the season. Guests are expected to eat without noise, as a way of showing their manners and respect for the temple. The breakfast, on the other hand, is as simple as porridge and miso soup.
Day 2 (6 a.m.) Zen meditation
Upon getting up, guests are expected to practice
Day 2 (6:45 a.m.) Morning
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™ (28 May 2018)