- Start time
- 25 May 2016 13:00
- End time
- 25 May 2016 15:00
- Minami Senju Station, in front of Burger King outside the West exit
A Japanese Zen monk of the Soto branch of Zen will perform a blessing ceremony and teach a class in basic Zen meditation and relaxation techniques. Beginners and all levels welcome. Tea served.
Zen Buddhism has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and remains popular today throughout the world as a means of self-understanding and peace. This tour offers the opportunity to try out Zen meditation in a friendly, small-group non-religious setting in an attractive workshop space located within a few subway stops of major tourist areas Ueno and Asakusa.. Beginners and all levels of experience are welcome as are believers of all faiths and philosophies.
A Japanese Zen monk of the Soto-shu branch of Zen will first perform a brief ceremony blessing the participants which also helps clear the mind and focus attention.. Each participant will receive an amulet from the ceremony. Then the monk will teach some simple relaxation techniques, useful for preparation to meditate or just on their own.
The monk will then demonstrate Zen meditation and lead participants in a short Zen meditation session.We will sit cross-legged on meditation cushions on the floor, but it is not at all required to sit in true full- or half-lotus position. Chairs are available as well. Please dress appropriately.
After the meditation, simple tea will be served, and there will be time for a few questions. English interpreting is provided for the entire time.
This experience can help you better understand Japan and even perhaps help you understand yourself a bit better as well.
NOTE: This afternoon tour is conveniently located and scheduled to follow smoothly after our Wednesday morning matcha tea ceremony experience.
Please see the information below for additional important details about the tour.
Tour size: 2-10. If fewer than two people have signed up two days before the tour, the tour might be canceled by Tokyo Way, in which case we will promptly notify and refund you in full.
Cash needed: None
Cancellation policy: No refunds without exception for no-shows or guest cancellations within 48 hours of start of tour. If fewer than two people have signed up two days before the tour, the tour might be canceled by Tokyo Way, in which case we will promptly notify and refund you in full.
Weather: This tour is not cancelled for weather except in extreme circumstances (e.g., typhoons) in which case we will contact you
.Physical activity: Limited. We will sit cross-legged on meditation cushions on the floor, but it is not at all required to sit in true full- or half-lotus position. Chairs are available as well.
Dress: Casual, please wear clothes comfortable and modest for sitting. Shoes and socks must be removed at the entrance but women may wear tights.
Food: Simple tea served.
Wi-fi: Not available.
Photos/protocols: You may take photos and videos at appropriate times with permission of other guests in the photos.
Starting point: Minamisenju station (Hibiya Subway Line station H-20, also on Joban Line of JR and also is Station #04 on Tsukuba Express of Metropolitan Intercity Railway), in front of Burger King outside the West exit.
Guide contact will be provided after you register.