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    Longer stay in the temple

    Post by Shikoku Henro Trail on Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:55 am

    Originally posted by several members in April 2017.
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    Kasia

    « Thread started on: Apr 25th, 2017, 5:26pm »
    Hi All, me and my husband Paweł go to Shikoku (3-25th of May) and we are planning to do the pilgrimage. We are soto zen practitioners and would love to have an opportunity to practice zen at the temples, and stay there longer - do you know if there's such possibility? In which temple? I know that in some of them you may stay for night, but what about longer stay and taking part in the practice? I would be very grateful for some suggestions or advice. It will be our first time in Japan, we don't know the language and don't have any experience in this pilgrimage smiley

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    slc

    « Reply #1 on: Apr 26th, 2017, 04:18am »
    I think the type of experience you are looking for may not really be offered in the main 88 temples.

    I found this page and it lists 2 temples in Shikoku which are or pretty much on the pilgrimage route that might be what you're looking for.

    http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/temples/foreigner/

    The temple I stayed at on Mt. Koya would have made sense for multiple days, and I was able to observe prayers, but not participate in them. It's tradition to visit Mt. Koya before or after the pilgrimage.

    http://eng.shukubo.net/

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    Kasia

    « Reply #2 on: Apr 26th, 2017, 3:47pm »
    Thank you very much Smile I will check it and maybe we will visit some of them!





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