and life in the temple spiritually follow the original Soto-zen
Eihei Pure Standards by Dogen Zen Master: all activities in life
are essentially seen as zazen.
activities, English explanation is offered for the non Japanese
The objective of the foundation is the complete revival and reestablishment
of the practice
described by Dogen Zen Master, who brought Zen to Japan in the
the stress and strains of every day, the life in CIZ should be
an excellent refreshing
experience bringing peace of mind.
ln deciding what clothes to bring, it is preferable to have different
zazen and for work: clothes for zazen should be loose-fitting,
work should be comfortable for movement. The charge for meals
and lodging is whatever you think appropriate.
: Kokenji Tateishi Yashima-machi Yurihonjo-shi Akita-ken Japan
Phone : 00 81 (0)184-56-2193 contact Joko Sato or
opening ceremony day
it was a big day and a very lucky day !
The sun was bright, just as if the new zazendo was waiting for
us to be dedicated.
A lot of
people came to attend to the ceremony and once everyone was seated
the celebration could start. One could see graceful smiles on
the faces, a kind of
serene happiness pervaded, we were elated !
of the celebration were spoken by Mr Daigyo Moriyama Roshi from
ceremony was held by Mr Dokyu Hanayoshi Roshi from Eihei-ji Temple
then Mr Shinkai Tanaka Roshi
Temple led the second part. Finally came the very moment when
Mr Joko Sato, abbot of Koken-ji
the responsibility of Chokai-san Zazendo. A very moving moment
as he talked and thanked all the audience.
never forget this ceremony ! As an European person, this day is
printed in my heart : in this place devoted to
Soto Zen teaching after Master D˘gen, I had the impression
of both belonging to my community, to
community, but also to a peaceful Earth planet. But,
"I know this world is as ephemeral as the dew
and yet…. " Kokayashi Issa
A very intense
instant, a wonderful day indeed !
Feniou - International Zen Association Member
Zen Group Rodez Aveyron France