Buddhist Temple Retreat in Saitama, Japan
I'll be holding
a four-day Buddhist Retreat at Shokakuji temple in Hanno City in
Saitama Prefecture, Japan from May 3 to 6 (Friday to Monday) 2019.
Instructions and talks at the retreat will be in English. Anyone
interested is invited to attend and participate in the full, but
not exhausting, schedule of meditation, talks, and meals taken
in the traditional style. Beginners are welcome. The quiet,
mountainous area around the
temple provides a cool and pleasant setting for a brief
taste of Buddhist life.
May 3 to 6, 2019 (from 1 pm on
May 3 until 1 pm on May 6)*
Place: Shokakuji Temple (a Soto school temple)
City, Saitama Prefecture, 357-0111.
Cost: 25,000 yen. The cost includes accommodation
and meals during the retreat, but excludes the cost of
transportation (approximately 1,300 yen one-way from Tokyo) to
Schedule: Click here
to download the schedule for the retreat.
Clothes etc: Comfortable clothing is recommended
for practicing Zazen (sitting meditation). The temple provide
all meals and accommodation, but ask everyone going to the
retreat to bring their own towel.
Deadline: Registration will be accepted at our Saturday
classes at Tokyo University Buddhists Association or by email
by Sunday April 28. A deposit of 5,000 yen is required to
reserve a place.
* Anyone wishing to come
to the retreat for 2 nights and three days is welcome. The cost
will be 17,000 yen.
For further information or
to sign up to attend, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation and directions to the
Hanno station is approximately 45 minutes by train
from Seibu-Ikebukuro train station on the Seibu-Ikebukuro line. A bus service runs from Hanno train station to Nagou bus stop beside Shokakuji Temple. The bus ride takes about 60
minutes. The total cost for a one-way trip by train
and bus from Seibu-Ikebukuro train station to Shokakuji Temple is 1,280 yen (train ticket is
470 yen and bus ticket is
Most of the participants will be traveling together from Tokyo to the temple. We'll meet at 9.30 am on Friday
morning (May 3) at Seibu-Ikebukuro station, and take a Seibu-Ikebukuro line train
bound for Hanno station. After arriving at Hanno station, we'll
take a bus to the temple. You're welcome to travel with this
group. Click here
for directions to the meeting place at Seibu-Ikebukuro
If you're going to Hanno station directly,
you can meet with the group coming from Tokyo at Hanno station
at around 10.45 am.