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Zazen & Shojin Cuisine  Zazen Meditation at Iiyama.

Zazen Meditation

In Nagano prefecture the town of Iiyama is home to many ancient Temples.

At Daishoji Temple the soto-shu (people who follow a more structured form of zen buddhism) are able to lean about and experience genuine zarzan.
Zarzan is the form of meditation that assisted Buddha to first become spiritually awakened.
It is generally the zazen pose (Hokkai jouin) that most people will associate with the followers of zen Buddhism.


Zen is the method by which one may achieve an openness of mind and spirit, allowing a clarity of truthfulness and harmony with all elements of the universe.
By sitting down in the zen way and adopting the correct breathing technique, you are assisted in your aim to attain a heightened and pure level of calmness and relaxation.
Sitting still with no purpose or objective in the exact form (pose) of Buddha, is how a person may hope to achieve a state of enlightenment.

During a zazen session it is extremely important to remain focused and not to become distracted by any thoughts or desires.
If you find yourself losing concentration, feeling sleepy or adopting an incorrect posture, the shod-sou (zen monk) will approach you and give you two gentle taps on your right shoulder using a wooden rod (kyousaka)
If this happens it is a signal for you to tilt your head to left, allowing the shod-sou to administer a firmer kyousaku strike.
The point of this action is to assist you to regain your focus and concentration.


Another way to receive the kyousaka is to request it yourself.
To do this requires signalling the shou-sou and adopting the prayer position. The shod-sou will then apply the kyousaka to your right shoulder in a firm manner. After this you must return to the zen position.

■The Daishoji zazen experience for beginners takes 30-60 minutes.
■The Daishoji zazen experience requires a pre booked reservation.
※Please make a reservation in the Madarao kogen Hotel ,not Daishoji Temple.
■The cost is 1000 yen and includes Tea with Japanese sweets. (Japanese pickle.)
■Location: Daishojii Temple. Iiyama-shi, oaza Iiyama Shinmeicho, 3177
■Tel : 0269-64-3311 (Madarao Kogen Hotel)  0269-62-2598(Daishojii j Temple)

zazen Shojin Cuisine

Shoujin-ryouri (Kaiseki-ryouri is a derivation of Shoujin-ryouri) (The origin of the Japanese food)

zazen Shojin Cuisine

Shoujin-ryouri is a type of vegetarian cuisine produced for, and by, Buddhist monks following principles found in the Buddhist commandments.
(to avoid destruction of life and not to result in the stimulation of passions)

According to Buddhist philosophy, cooking is an important skill and an integral part of every day life. As such, the monk responsible for the kitchen (koin) is called Tenza.
He is well respected and may be regarded as a high executive monk.


Between the Muromachi period (CE1333-1573) and the beginning of the Edo period (CE1603-1868)
the finest Shoujin-ryouri could be found at the Eiheiji Temple.
At that time Shoujin-ryouri was known as Honzen-ryouri and developed the concept of the meal itself taking the form of a ceremony.
(Kaiseki-ryouri is a derivation of Shoujin-ryouri)
At the Daishojii Temple you can enjoy an eight course Shoujin-ryouri meal prepared by a young chef monk trained at the Eiheiji Temple
Full of creativity and originality, this beautifully presented and delicious meal will contain only the freshest of locally grown ingredients.
A truly unique and enjoyable experience.

As well as being famous for Shoujin-ryouri, the Daishojii Temple is also know to deify Bishamonten (one of the seven deities of good fortune)

■The Eiheiji Shoujin-ryouri experience requires a pre booked reservation.
※Please make a reservation in the Madarao kogen Hotel, not Daishoji Temple.
■The cost is 3000 yen for the eight course meal.
■Location : Daishoji Temple
■Address : Iiyama-shi, oaza Iiyama Shinmeicho, 3177
■Tel : 0269-64-3311 (Madarao Kogen Hotel) 0269-62-2598(Daishojii j Temple)

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