Here, in very silent temple at the foot of Mt.Kasuga, learn Ajikan meditation in a easy comprehensive way! "Ajikan" is a visualizing Meditation as one of Shingon esoteric exercises, which is different from 'Zazen' aiming to eliminate the ego. Ajikan is a general term referring to four different stages of meditation: Susokukan (breath counting meditation), Asokukan (breathing meditation), Gachirinkan (moon disc meditation) and Ajikan (meditating on a sanscrit letter A). 1) At the entrance of the ascetic hall, take off yr shoes, put yr baggage, and take incense powder to purify yourself. 2) Proceed to ascetic hall, and I will give you brief profile of the temple, and how to meditate in Ajikan style. Meditations will be split into 3 sessions, you can stretch your legs if you feel stiff. 3) The program will cover two of the above stages of meditation - Susokukan and Gachirinkan, but in several five to fifteen minutes sessions concentrating on breathing and each part of the body and face. Visualization of being as one with the moon and universe in the meditation helps you achieve mindfulness and refreshment! As I hope my guests will get better understandings of Ajikan method to their heart's content. I normally have a translator to join the meditation and to communicate, which service I believe is my specialty compared to other Shingon temples.
I may be one of the enthusiastic monks in Nara wishing to share what a "Ajikan" visualizing meditation is all about, and hope you may have a chance to get the knack of this method to bring home and continue by yourself. Breath counting in this meditation may help you also going in to sleep when at home or when you are suffering from jet-lag during your travel! I am the chief priest of the temple Fuku-in having most of my learning experience at Koyasan. At Koyasan I was given precepts, and finished necessary trainings at "Entsuritsuji" temple ascetic hall. Finally, I was Invested the rank of 'ajari,' or master, at "Shin-no-in" temple ascetic hall. My temple is at the foot of Mt.Kasuga near Kasugataisha, and your access is easier from there. Contact me for adding your wished class dates, I'll do my best for welcoming you!
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Incense powder and Scroll for meditation
Many visitors from the world are enjoying promenade in this quiet area of Nara, called "Takabatake". Nara embraces around 40 Shingon Risshu sect temples, which is the same origin with Koya-San Shingon sect. Our temple is one of these temples and famous for "Fuku-Kensak-Kannon" figure, the realization body of the deity enshrined at Kasuga grandshrine. Also the Matchmaking and Separation deity is enshrined. our HP : https://www.fuku-in.com
You are supposed to take off your shoes and be prepared with your feet and socks clean.(We can help your cleaning feet at the entrance, of course!)