Shōganji Zen Retreat

Experience authentic Zen temple life in rural Japan

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Thoughtful blog by a retreat guest.

“Despite all the capital letters on Truth and Reality, I knew that Zen had a deep respect for the humble goings-on of everyday life. Reality was not somewhere else, some Divine Plane, it was here right now, in the washing of dishes (rarely with soap, Jiho-san advises), in the collection of water from the spring, and in the unearthing of red onions from the field.”

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JOE GEBBIA is a co-founder of AirBnB.com and has visited Shoganji twice. Read his personal blog…

“Imagine waking up to the sound of trees rustling in the wind and birds singing to the sunrise. As you lay in bed, your fingers feel the reeds of the tatami mat underneath your futon, and your eyes gain focus on unidentified Japanese calligraphy across the room. The sound of footsteps passes through the hallway outside your door and you know it’s time to join your host, Hosan, in the temple for an hour of silent meditation.”

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Our Reviews on AirBnB.com (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

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“LET’S GOOD TIMES” A BLOG ABOUT LIVING AND WORKING IN JAPAN

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WANDERCOOKS.com – Cooking Home Grown Food at Shoganji Zen Temple Retreat

“The monk hopped from rock to rock, the waves crashing beneath him. He knew the path well and we hurried to keep up without falling into the swell below. ‘Don’t you know?’ he said, ‘don’t you understand?’. The old copper kettle was whisked away from us and plunged into the sea by Jiho-san, a monk of Shoganji Temple in Ojuki. ‘This is how you make udon noodles. This is the secret.’ ”

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OFF EXPLORING – Zen at Zero degrees

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Zen Like Ben

“Shortly after arriving a car comes zooming around the corner.  Noticing the driver was bald and wearing robes, I soon realized it was my ride.  After brief, informal introductions I learn that Jiho is running behind and asks if I don’t mind helping him perform an Obon ceremony for one of his temple members.  Nodding in agreement, I quickly learn that staying with Jiho was going to be a unique experience.”

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