Ajikan meditation lessons will be starting.
On June1, 2019, at Kaiganzan Iwayaji, the 45th of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage Route, Ajikan
meditation lessons will start.
Our objective is to provide the general public with an opportunity to be free of the busyness of everyday life, meditate with peace of mind, and spend a relaxing time. After the lesson, there is an opportunity to talk with the deputy chief priest of the temple (the officiating priest of Ajikan meditation) over a cup of tea with some confectionery. Our sincere hope is that this will somehow contribute to making temples in general become a casual space for anyone to gather, instead of being a place exclusively for funerals and occasional visits.
Likewise, lessons for sutra copying/tracing of a picture of a Buddhist image will also start in June.
Henjo-kaku in the Iwayaji temple precinct, the venue for the abovementioned lessons, is a modernistic wooden structure completed in 2014 and designed by Koichi Wada (Tobe-cho, Ehime), who is also known as the architect responsible for designing the buildings at The Railway History Park in Saijo (Saijo-shi, Ehime). Looking out the window from a room filled with the refreshing smell of timber, there stands a huge rock cliff, which is considered sacred, and lies an extensive forest of ancient trees.
Venue, date & time for Ajikan meditation lessons are as follows:
[Venue] Henjo-kaku in the Iwayaji temple precinct [Date & time]
June 1 (Sat.) 14:00 – 15:30
June 2 (Sun.) 10:30 – 12:00
*Scheduled to be held twice or so every month for reservations only.