Shodaigyo meditation is a Japanese Buddhist practice chanting simple sutras. You just close your eyes, clear your mind, and chant a sutra. The sounds of a taiko drum and a wood block will be all around you in the historical temple in Kanazawa.
- Shodaigyo meditation is a Japanese Buddhist practice chanting simple sutras.
- Just close your eyes, clear your mind, and chant a sutra.
- Listen to the sounds of a taiko drum and a wood block.
- Feel the ancient spirit of Kanazawa.
- Located within walking distance of Higashi Chaya geisha district
This meditation tour is done at the temple in pictures A, B, C and D. Pictures E and F above were taken at a Shodaigyo meditation session.
You will visit an old local temple of the Nichiren Buddhist sect in a quiet district of Kanazawa. Unlike at other popular touristic spots, you will be able to enter inside and explore even the rear areas of this temple guided by a local priest. This is a unique chance to see from a close distance the relics of a Buddhist temple.
The outline of the Shodaigyo Meditation Experience is as follows:
1. Learn about Shodaigyo meditation.
2. (About 5 minutes) Do Zazen, a silent meditation. (If you can’t sit cross-legged (seiza) for about 40 minutes, you can also sit in a chair)
3. (About 30 minutes) When you hear the taiko drum and mokusho—a wooden block that makes a sound, and are used like a metronome when we chant sutras—start to chant the Buddhist sutra repeating after the priest.
We will start with a slow rhythm, which will get faster gradually. When everyone matches the rhythm and chants loudly, we will chant faster. We will chant with a fast rhythm for a long time. This is the main part of the meditation and people will hear the chanting everywhere in the temple. This is the best time to concentrate on the meditation. After this part, everyone’s rhythm will slow down again.
When the chanting ends, the taiko drum and the mokusho will stop, and the temple will become quiet again.
4. (About 5 minutes) Do Zazen silent meditation.
5. This is the end of the meditation practice.
6. Relax and enjoy green tea and Japanese sweets in the quiet temple.
7. End of the activity. The area near the temple has many old buildings and roads and is within a walking distance of Higashi Chaya geisha district. You can enjoy walking around the backstreets to feel the spirit of the local neighborhood.
Shodaigyo Meditation practice begins and ends at the temple in Kanazawa city (the exact meeting location will be provided after you book)