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    Recommended zen centers in tokyo

    My friend who works in Higashi kurume, Tokyo is looking to start zen practice. can you please suggest what are some good zen centers she can go to nearby?

    Gassho,
    Sam
    ST

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    Quote Originally Posted by shikantazen View Post
    My friend who works in Higashi kurume, Tokyo is looking to start zen practice. can you please suggest what are some good zen centers she can go to nearby?

    Gassho,
    Sam
    ST
    I've heard good things about a mob called Treeleaf. Not sure how close they are to Tokyo but they're just up the road from me in rural Queensland, Australia, just around the corner from Saskatchewan in Canada and pretty much on the doorstep of Arizona in the US and the Orkney Isles off the coast of Scotland, UK.

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    Hi Sam,

    My Dharma Brother Peter has a small Zen group that meets on Saturdays ...

    https://www.meetup.com/Dogen-Sangha-Tokyo/

    Soto-shu has a list of Soto Zen centers that welcome foreigners (i.e., someone there speaks English) in the "C" group around Tokyo here

    https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng...r/index.html#C

    This page is a little old, but l bet these groups are still going. Some are Rinzai or mixed Soto-Rinzai in flavor ...

    https://metropolisjapan.com/zazen/

    Treeleaf is about an hour from Akihabara in Tokyo so a little far, but let you friend know that he/she is always welcome to come sit one day here.

    Gassho, Jundo

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    Last edited by Jundo; 01-18-2020 at 12:26 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onka View Post
    I've heard good things about a mob called Treeleaf.


    Gassho
    Onka
    stlah
    Sound about right

    A raging Metta mob!

    Gassho,

    Ippo

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    Last edited by Ippo; 01-18-2020 at 09:29 AM.

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    To this end,

    I am strongly considering a trip to Japan later this year/early next year. The main 'agenda' would be surrounding Zen and Buddhism. This will, of course involve a visit to Tree Leaf and Jundo - if I am welcome to crash the party - and, ideally, I would like to spend some time at a temple and sit sesshin (similar to Kyonin).

    Is there any temples/retreats that would take me? It's one of those things I should look into in advance for scheduling, budget, etc.

    I am very grateful to be relatively close to Japan from Vietnam!

    Thank you in advance!

    Gassho,

    Ippo

    SatToday

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    Hi Brad,

    Antaiji, where Kyonin stayed, does not accept short term visitors, and did us a big favor in welcoming Kyonin, There are actually very few places in Japan for foreigners to have such an experience. So, l would contact these folks and see ...

    https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng...igner/1-8.html

    Report back to me, please, on what they say. They might also suggest some other places (Soto) in Japan as well.

    Also, a Rinzai place to contact

    http://www.tekishin.org/english/index.htm

    There are places also where one can go for a quick overnight taste, but they are not so serious.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
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    Thank you Jundo. I will pass on the info

    Gassho,
    Sam
    ST

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    Recommended zen centers in tokyo

    Out here in nearly rural USA middle of the continent and yet not all that far from Canada and Mexico City, and near West Virginia if you donít count the states between and we are here any place you have a computer of sorts Iím on my phone right now. See you here Treeleaf Zendo, Iíve never been to a real Zendo but this is excellent. So, drop on bye just see Jundo, our teacher thank you!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Hi Brad,

    Antaiji, where Kyonin stayed, does not accept short term visitors, and did us a big favor in welcoming Kyonin,
    Brad, actually, I remembered that Antaiji does have two retreats each year in which they accept visitors. However, they tend to fill up fast ...

    https://antaiji.org/en/muho/events/

    Gassho, J

    STLah
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    Quote Originally Posted by shikantazen View Post
    My friend who works in Higashi kurume, Tokyo is looking to start zen practice. can you please suggest what are some good zen centers she can go to nearby?

    Gassho,
    Sam
    ST
    Sam, I found a list of Tokyo area places, a little more recent ...

    https://www.tsunagujapan.com/seven-b...-around-tokyo/

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Brad, actually, I remembered that Antaiji does have two retreats each year in which they accept visitors. However, they tend to fill up fast ...

    https://antaiji.org/en/muho/events/

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    Hi Jundo,

    Thank you SO much! I will look into the other information you shared earlier as well. It looks like Sesshin is possible late this year .

    I will contact them and let you know .

    Gassho,

    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Brad, actually, I remembered that Antaiji does have two retreats each year in which they accept visitors. However, they tend to fill up fast ...

    https://antaiji.org/en/muho/events/

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    I contacted Antaiji, they are open for people to attending Sesshin in October, it is my intention to go. I also contacted Soto-Zen.net.

    I will report their response back here for you and other Sangha members.

    Gassho,

    Ippo

    SatToday

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