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Although many Japanese are said to have no specific religion, actually the traits of Buddhism and Shinto are prevailed in our daily life. The concept of polytheism and the daily behavior such as bowing are part of it and deeply related to it. The religion peculiar to Japan is Shinto, however, Buddhism became our national religion after it was imported to Japan about 1500 years ago, and it has been blended into Shinto over time.
Zen is one of the sects of Buddhism, which is aimed for gaining a serenity of mind and finding your true-self by the way of Zen meditation. Also, all of the Japanese martial arts, such as a tea ceremony, Judo and calligraphy are stemmed from the spirit of Zen.
In recent years, it became widely known that Steve Jobs also loved the spirit of Zen Meditation and introduced its concept to his business and his company's design. Due to this, people overseas started to cast spotlight on Zen Meditation.
This is the reason I would like you to experience the spirit of Zen while you stay in Kyoto.
In this tour, you will not only learn the basics of Zen meditation, such as what Zen is about, but also experience Zen meditation. You will practice Zen meditation together with a Zen monk at the temple along with a local guide. Even if you are a beginner or have no knowledge of Zen, don't worry! You will be instructed how to do it by a monk and the guide will play an interpreter for you. So everybody is welcome! Zen is about seeking for simplicity.
Learning of Zen in Kyoko, which used to be the center of history and culture of Japan, may give you a new insight about your journey and life.
Let's enjoy the precious experience that you can not gain in any other place with a magical trip guide!