International interchange staying at a Buddhist temple
A number of small sub-temples stand here and there in the huge temple precinct of Myoshin-ji Temple. However, there are only two sub-temples that accept visitors to stay and experience the world of Buddhism. One is Torin-in Temple, well known for their Buddhist cooking class, and the other is Daishin-in Temple. Many temples in Kyoto offer accommodation but Daishin-in is one of the simplest, most reasonably priced, and probably the best place to experience life in a temple. Some temples have separate building for accommodation, often known as “Kaikan” but at Daishin-in Temple, visitors actually stay in the temple itself. Rooms are very simple and just divided by sliding doors. Some rooms face the garden so you can take as much time as you want to immerse yourself in contemplation in complete quietness. Breakfast is a perfect Buddhist vegetarian style (shojin ryori) repast that will help your body and mind awaken. The simple dishes will encourage you to notice the subtle taste of the ingredients. Foreigners are warmly accommodated. Experience the taste and life of a traditional Buddhist temple.
Photo:Katsuro Takashima Written by:Sarasa Yoshida Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
Fujin-gaho, December issue,2013
|Name||Daishin-in Temple in the Myoshin-ji Temple Complex|
|Address||57 Hanazono Myoshinji-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Recommended||5,000 yen/person/night (with breakfast; for 1 person; tax included); Check-in: 15:00 (check-in by 18:00 if dinner is requested); Check-out: 10:00; Curfew: 21:00 (lights off: 22:00); Guests are welcome to join the morning service; Shojin Buddhist vegetarian cuisine for dinner is 4,000 yen (w/o tax), reservation required; Contact the temple by phone and check room availability, then, make your reservation by respond-postcard; No credit cards accepted.|
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