Temple Life & Zazen Experience
Picturesque Eian-ji Temple is located on a wooded hillside, 30 minutes’ drive from Kanazawa with sweeping panoramic views of the town. The beauty and tranquillity of its surroundings make it the perfect place to experience traditional Zazen meditation. Zazen is a Zen Buddhist meditative art designed to enhance spiritual introspection and enlightenment. During the experience, you will dress in samue, traditional monk’s clothing and discover the history and differences between Buddhism and Shintoism in Japan. Then, with legs crossed, eyes closed and breathing steadied, you will be guided in Zazen techniques to help you achieve perfect inner balance and harmony. Although the monk will speak in Japanese, a guide will be in attendance to translate.