Introduction of the international Zendo, Kyoto
Kyoto Kokusai Zendo
|Abiding by the rules of the Myoshinji subsect of Rinzai Zen, striving for
the spirit of Zen and its practice, Kyoto Kokusai Zendo's goal is to create
human beings who can contribute to the culture and welfare of mankind.
Tekishinjuku Kyoto Kokusai Zendo is located in the rural city of Kameoka
in lower Kyoto prefecture, just to the west of Kyoto city, amid tranquil
and natural surroundings. Comprising the zendo at Toko-ji (temple), the
main hall at Jotoku-ji, and the guest quarters in a traditional farmhouse,
it accepts visitors irrespective of nationality, religion, sex or age.
The vows of Tekishinjuku
|As human being, I unreservedly inquire into the essential principle of the Universe. (Mankind)|
|Rather than criticizing others, I first of all endeavor to examine myself. (Self)|
|I give thanks for Nature's blessings and compassionately respect all life. (Life)|
|Drawing from the past, I live today to its fullest and create a bright tomorrow. (Fulfillment)|
|I respect others regardless of race, nationality, sex and religion, and aspire to a peaceful spirit. (Aspiration)|
||Zazen, morning tea
||Interior and garden cleaning
||Manual work period
|( depending on day: lecture, zazen, etc. )
||Zazen or others
||Night office, retire
Schedule differs during Sesshin.
Concerning your stay
|１．||Visitors are requested to arrive by 4:00 pm. ( Exceptions may be allowed. )|
|２．||Please bring loose clothing for zazen, sleepwear, toiletries, towels, and any other personal essentials. (Bedding is provided.)|
|３．||Meals are taken formally following monastic practice and are principally vegetarian.|
|４．||The daily schedule is subject to change.|
|５．||Please be advised that we cannot be responsible for accidents or illness.|
How to apply
|You may apply by telephone, fax, postcard, etc. Please provide your name,
address, date of arrival and planned length of stay. Please await confirmation.
If your plans change, please kindly inform us. Those under 18 are required
to have parental permission.
|For lodging, meals, etc. we request a donation of 3000 yen per night of
stay. For those desiring long-term training, please consult us.
The donation can be made at the zendo or can be transferred in advance to the following account:
Japan Postal Transfer Account:
|From JR Kyoto Station, board the SAGANO Line train from platform 32 or
33. Get off at KAMEOKA station after 30 minutes. Take the bus no. 57 or
no. 60 to GAKUEN DAIGAKU, then take the bus bound for KOJI (this bus runs
only once every two hours) and get off at INUKAI after about 3 minutes.
From there it is about a ten-minute walk to the temple JOTOKUJI.
Another possibility is to take a taxi from Kameoka station.
A few Chinese characters:
|The Symbol of Tekishinjuku|
|The circle represents the ultimate, infinite, creative, liberating state
of Zen enlightenment. Its blue is that of our globe that nurtures all living
things, including humankind. The triangle symbolizes that supreme achievement
of the ancients, the Egyptian pyramids. Its yellow is the earth, upon which
we find stability and sit in zazen: a figure solid and at ease like Mount
Fuji, spine straight and erect like the vertical bar. The central diamond
symbolizes breathing from the Kikaitanden,
the spring of life energy, the center of the body, red with ardor, the target
in seeking the truth of the universe and man. Each day we live anew,
recommitting ourselves to this search with a truth-seeking mind, girding our
entire being, undaunted by obstacles.
Click on the icon below to send mail
Kyoto Kokusai Zendo
621-0027 Kyoto prefecture, JAPAN
Tel / Fax:
++81-(0)771- Jotokuji -24-0152 (English)