A different kind of journey: embark on a journey of self-discovery with 7 Zen experiences at Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens
Photo : Nobutada OMOTE | Sandwich
Located in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, the Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens is a temple facility dedicated to introducing its visitors to Zen. The facility offers an opportunity to experience the world of Zen with all your senses, an opportunity extremely rare otherwise.
Seeing. Walk. Rest. Meditate.
Explore the temple grounds while listening to an audio guide and immerse yourself into the depths of Zen via the 7 Zen experiences - Zazen meditation, zen cuisine, zen paintings, sutra tracing, zen aesthetics, baths and tea ceremony. As you do, you might be inspired to ponder the meaning of Zen. However as the answer to that conundrum may be quite varied perhaps the audio guide will be helpful to guide you on your way in more than one sense.
Even more stunning during the momiji season
As soon as the autumn leaves turn colors the temple holds a time-limited illumination event. The bright red leaves reflected on the calm surface of the pond are quite a memorable sight.
We also highly recommend taking a picture on the approach to the art pavilion KOHTEI, or the “dragon spine bridge”.
Detach yourself from the mundane, touch zen and face your inner self
Through the teachings of Zen one can gain insight into and mend their own ways, from self-control and appreciation for all creation to abolishing or at least minimizing wastefulness.
The busy lives we lead in this day and age rarely offer us a bit of time to stop and reflect upon our ways and this Zen experience offers us the rare opportunity to do exactly that.
As the teachings of Zen spread throughout the world, you too can give this indispensable aspect of Japanese culture a try.
Embark on an inner journey through 7 Zen experiences at the Zen and Gardne Museum
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