Zazen Practice in Tokyo


I hold a Zazen class on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at Tokyo University's Buddhists Association. At the classes we practice Zen meditation (Zazen), and afterwards we have a talk about Buddhism. Anyone interested can attend and beginners are welcome (come a few minutes early if you need instructions). Attendance is free. Email me at if you need more information, otherwise just come along on the day and give it a try.

The times are: 

10.55 - 11.10  Introduction
11.10 - 11.30  Zazen (sitting meditation)
11.30 - 11.40  Kinhin (walking meditation)
11.40 - 12.00  Zazen
12.00 - 12.50  Break (rest/lunch)
12.50 - 13.00  Instruction (if needed)
13.00 - 13.30  Zazen

13.40 - 14.30 Talk about Meditation/Buddhism (optional)

You're welcome to come to both the morning (11 to 12) and afternoon (12.30 - 2.30) session, or to either one.

Upcoming dates in 2024:  April 27, May 11 and 25  (Please note that there will be no class on April 13 due to the Spring vacation)

New: We'll be holding a 3-day Buddhist Retreat at Shokakuji Temple near Hanno City in Saitama Prefecture from May 3-5 (Friday to Sunday of Golden Week), 2024. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, please email me at


Map and Directions

Here's a map with directions to the Tokyo University's Buddhists Association at Hongo Sanchome from the Marunouchi or Oedo subway lines. Both lines run through Shinjuku station. The stop on both lines is called "Hongo-Sanchome". Click here for an English map.

Directions: from Hongo-sanchome station on the Marunouchi line, turn right after passing through the ticket barrier and follow the alley out to the main street. The building where the meetings are held is across the street. You can cross at the traffic lights on the corner (see map).
From Hongo-sanchome station on the Oedo line, take exit no. 5 and turn to the left after leaving the station. Follow the main street and then turn left again at the corner with the traffic lights (see map). The entrance to the Young Buddhists Association is next to the Nicos travel agency (just behind the bus stop). You'll see a "Zazen Practice" sign on the glass door at the entrance.

Here's a video showing how to get to the meetings from Hongo-sanchome station on the Marunouchi line.