Front altar in the shrine where Zen Master Dogen’s remains are said to be.

OK, I did admire this altar a lot. I’ve included details for those who like to carve and who appreciate the kind of skill, and time, it takes to make a piece like this. The colours were brilliant.

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Classic Meditation Hall (Sodo) at Kosho-ji.


A corridor infront of the meditation hall for late comers and visitors.

It felt like people still meditate here and it was the place I felt most drawn to sit formally in. Although these are not the original buildings from Zen Master Dogen’s time the sense of the ‘aliveness’ of the meditation that he lived and taught here was palpible. Yes that aliveness was every where present throughout the building complex and gardens.

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The corridor attached to the meditation hall where monks wash etc.

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Practice Within The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives