Edited by Flo, 17 October 2011 - 02:05 AM.
Studying Zen Buddhism at a Monastery in Japan
Posted 17 October 2011 - 02:04 AM
Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:57 AM
http://www.zenki.com...rningZeninJapan information here is over a decade old, but indicates you'll need to be pretty conversant with Japanese before you start.
http://global.sotoze...gner/index.html is a list of temples for forigners in Japan. Whether or not this means instruction or just an English-speaking guide to a tourist attraction is not made clear.
Even results on the first page of my Google search weren't really related to the topic.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 04:55 PM
Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:49 PM
Zen or Chan' Buddhism was technically originated in China. The legend of its origins are so famous that even a casual observer of Chan' Buddhism like me knows some of it off heart.
If you are just looking for some kind of "experience", I am sure there are plenty of self discovery courses or camps that focus on meditation and zen in the US. Japanese are excellent at systematically organizing and exporting their culture. I am sure you can find a course that is suitable for you stateside if you look for US organizations that promotes Zen and the like.
Soyu Matsuoka-roshi established the Chicago Buddhist Temple in 1949 (now the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago) and provided Zen training and lectures in both America and Japan. Matsuoka-roshi served as superintendent and abbot of the Long Beach Zen Buddhist Temple and Zen Center. The temple was headquarters to Zen Centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Everett, Washington. Matsuoka-Roshi was born in Japan into a family of Zen priests dating back six hundred years. He was sent to America to serve as a founder of temples both in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He furthered his graduate work at Columbia University with D.T. Suzuki. He established a temple at Long Beach in 1971, where he died in 1998.
If you are looking for something more akin to a religious experience, I would recommend learning Japanese or Chinese. Chan'/Zen is culturally and linguistically centric, so it would be difficult for an non speaker who is unfamiliar with the culture or language to understand some precepts. Most of the stuff I've read in English about the subject matter sounds a bit hippie-ish. That doesn't mean that there aren't any good stuff out there. It's just that I haven't come across a lot of it.
Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:39 AM
Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:19 AM
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