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... to promote peace, tranquility, purity and humility. We enter the hall in the temple, sit on tatami mats and enjoy a tea ceremony that includes whisking green tea power in hot water. Like everything in traditional Japan there is a specific ritual we have to follow.
After the tea ceremony, we practice Zen meditation. It’s done with your eyes open and deep breaths in counts up to 10. It’s early in the morning and we can here ...
... through with sweat clothes dry a little, we headed back to the temple (made her pay for a taxi this time). Kiyomizudera temple is beautiful, had nice cold tofu snack under the trees, wandered the shopping street on the way down, and finally walked all the way back to the hotel. Quick shower and change as we were meeting Daisuke, Kana, and grandma Tip to go to nice dinner in Osaka with grandma's friend Mr, Maeda. ...
... no problem with accepting another one (Buddha) into their circle, when Buddhism was introduced to Japan from China 1400 years ago. Buddhism is also a very accepting religion as there is a huge number of Buddhas and other saints in it already. So, most Japanese happily associate with both religions at the same time. Nowadays, people are not so pious, however, so they only go to Shinto shrines for New Year ...
... but even I can appreciate the Ginkaku-ji grounds.
The aesthetics of Zen sand gardens and sculpting I can appreciate, but I'm the first to admit I don't really understand the spirituality of it all. If I sit and stare at it, after 5 or 10 minutes, it's still sand with lines in it. If I sit for any longer than 10 minutes staring at the sand with lines in it, I get sleepy, so I think the desired effect of the zen sand sculpting ...
us a little here in Kyoto. Just round the corner from our hostel and
it had a really wide selection of meals you easily microwave. Cheaper
then a meal out too, and they were pretty tasty so can't complain.
The next day was forecast rain, rain
and more rain. However, with quite a bit we wanted to get out and see
in and around Kyoto we decided to go out anyway. Although we got
soaked to begin with, umbrellas proved vital once again, ...