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Zazen is the core of Zen Buddhist training. The idea is to sit cross-legged on a cushion, straighten your posture, and unify your mind in a state of regretful reverie. The basics of zazen are known as choshin, chobre, and tonshin, and adjusting posture, breathing, and mind are the basics of zazen. In the Soto sect, people sit cross-legged facing a wall. There are two ways to sit cross-legged: one is to cross both legs, which is called keizoku-za, and the other is to cross only one leg, which is called han-toki-za. Place your right palm facing up on top of your crossed legs and cup your left hand over it. When doing this, do not press your thumbs together, but leave them about the width of a piece of paper apart. To adjust your posture, you should rock your body to find the most stable position.

People interested in monks

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Currently, temples all over the country are facing serious problems such as a lack of successors and families leaving their families.
There are over 70,000 temples in Japan, and it is said that over 20,000 of them are uninhabited temples without a chief priest. Additionally, many temples that currently have a chief priest may become vacant at any time due to the aging of the chief priest and theabsence of a successor. This problem of a lack of successors is
a problem, especially in rural areas, and the departure of the Dan family due to the outflow of people to cities is also a major factor. At Mito Shosha, we support those who aspire to become monks in the hope that we can be of some help in solving problems. For more information, please contact us by phone or email below.


January 9,
2020 New year prayer meeting I wish you a year of world peace and happiness.
January 24th
Substitute Jizo Festival Make a wish to Jizo Bodhisattva on your behalf, After everyone eats the mid-day meal, we enjoy Qingxing.
February Setsubun party
We throw beans to pray for good health throughout the year.
spring equinox party
flower festival Celebrating Buddha's birthday


Tanabata party Pray for the wishes written on the strips of paper


Food service/Obon shelf sutra We will hold a New Bon memorial service and an ancestor memorial service.


autumn equinox party

December 31

New Year's Eve Party

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Soto Zen Mito Shojha

Senzoku4177-5 Sakado-cho4192

Mito-city Ibaraki-prf JPN 310-0841

Phone +81-29-247-3002

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