Try out the Shingon Buddhism breathing method and meditation method
At the spacious and gracious, approx. 160,000 square meters premises of the Kongobuji temple, the headquarters of Mount Koya Shingon Buddhism, visitors can leisurely enjoy a variety of rooms and gardens. The area collectively called Kongobuji temple includes the Main Hall, the Head Monk’s Room, the Inner Hall, the Annex, the New Annex, the Drawing Room, the New Drawing Room, the Scripture Storage, the Bell Tower, the Shinzen Hall, the Goma Prayer Hall, the Ajikan Meditation Hall, and a tea house as well as the Banryutei garden which is one of Japan’s largest stone gardens. Take your time to observe the wonderful artwork on transoms and fusuma sliding doors. At the New Annex, visitors can listen to sermons given by monks in a casual atmosphere while enjoying Japanese style tea and confections. While at this temple, we highly recommend participating in the ajikan meditation session. The term ajikan refers to the breathing method and meditation method of the Shingon Buddhism; it is a Buddhist training method to unify with the Buddha within you. Become tranquil and let the time pass slowly at the meditation hall surrounded by nature. There is no need to make a reservation to participate in the ajikan session and you are welcome even if you are a complete beginner. Detailed and supportive instructions are given to participants by the monks. People around the world are increasingly taking interest in meditation. Some say meditation is beneficial for maintaining your health. Mount Koya, a Buddhist temple site with 1,200 years of history, is definitely a great place to try out meditation.