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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ZEN Temple Eihei-ji in Winter


 
 Eihei-ji Temple is one of the oldest temples belonging to the Zen Soto sect which the priest Dōgen did a founder.
 It was founded to 1244.

 These outskirts are famous by having very much snow.
 Here is
Eiheijicho, Fukui Prefecture.




 The Zen priest wears only a thin shoulder-worn robe (It seems to be very cold all day life, other Zen temple's link).
 And they sit in contemplation zazen without heating with bare foot.. before the daybreak to going to bed.
 The getting up is about 3:00. The bath is about once a week.

 The meal is "
ichijuu issai " (ex.). Boiled barley and rice, miso soup, a side dish, a pickle.
 It means it "One soup One vegetables". Another helping? No!

 It may be difficult a little even if anyone is going to train oneself in this temple.
 Because the ascetic practices are very severe for a body mark and mind.
 And there is this temple distantly in a remote deep mountain from the town.




 If the exerciser gets tired of ascetic practices, he needs his life and courage to escape.
 Snow is piled up more than 3 meters in winter here.

 Therefore most the application is sent away even if they propose ascetic practices.
 It is called "turning away at the door" called Japanese "Monzen barai".

 The state of the summer
look at here, please.



 Zen way is so far and inclement...
 Dōgen soul is here.

39 comments:

  1. Magnifique et en plus sous la neige rien de plus beau !

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  2. Beautiful winter photos. Congratulations.
    Greetings from Spain.

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  3. How beautiful! I will coming to your country soon:)

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  4. Bellas imagenes desde el Lejano Oeste!
    Si supieras el calor que hace en Argentina, ya quisiera estar paseando por ese hermoso templo Zen.
    Saludos.

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  5. What a beautiful and interesting post, and magnificent photos! I would like to climb those stairs in the first photo.

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  6. Muy interesante lo que cuentas! Las fotos están fantásticas!
    Un abrazo

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  7. Wonderful Ruma, very nice pictures with the snow. Congratulations,

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  8. Ruma, have you been to this temple? I wonder, how many treasures like that are hidden all across Japan? I love temples, be it Chinese, Korean or Japanese. I want to visit many during the lunar new year.

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  9. Traducción del inglés al español
    Temple es uno de los templos más antiguos pertenecientes a la secta Soto Zen de la que el sacerdote hizo un Dōgen fundador. Fue fundada para 1244.

    Estos alrededores son famosos por tener nieve mucho.
    Aquí está Eiheijicho, prefectura de Fukui.
    El sacerdote Zen lleva sólo un hombro delgado manto desgastado (parece ser muy frío durante todo el día la vida, enlace templo Zen de otras).
    Y se sientan en zazen, la contemplación, sin calefacción, con los pies descalzos .. antes del amanecer para ir a la cama. El levantarse es alrededor de las 3:00. El baño es una vez por semana.

    La comida es "ichijuu issai" (por ejemplo). La cebada y el arroz hervido, sopa de miso, un plato al lado, un pepinillo. Esto significa que "Una sopa de verduras Uno". Otra ayuda? No!

    Puede ser un poco difícil, incluso si alguien va a entrenarse a sí mismo en este templo. Debido a las prácticas ascéticas son muy graves para una marca de cuerpo y mente.
    Y no hay este templo en una montaña lejana profundas alejadas de la ciudad.
    F El deportista se cansa de las prácticas ascéticas, que necesita de su vida y el valor para escapar. La nieve se acumularon más de 3 metros en invierno aquí.

    Por lo tanto, la mayoría de la solicitud es enviada lejos, incluso si se proponen prácticas ascéticas.
    Se llama "alejamiento en la puerta" llamado japonés "Monzen barai".

    El estado de la mirada de verano de aquí, por favor.



    Manera Zen es hasta el momento y mal ...
    Alma Dōgen está

    Hola RUMA.
    Gracias por mostrar y explicar la milenaria historia de tu pueblo.
    Perdona lo traduzca al Castellano pero así me entero mejor de lo que nos cuentas.
    RUNA, una pregunta ¿me autorizarías o darías permiso para publicar en mi Blog, un mosaico de fotos de este tuyo?
    Un ABRAZO, vuela raudo hacia, ORIENTE.

    RUMA Hello.
    Please show and explain the ancient history of your people.
    Sorry but it translated into Castilian and I find better than us accountable.
    Runa, a question will I authorize or give permission to post to my blog, a mosaic of photos of this yours?
    A HUG, flies toward swift, MIDDLE

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  10. I love your pictures and also the way you tell the story of these interesting places. I can clearly see and feel the love and care for the Japanese culture in your words.
    It is always interesting to read your blog :")

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  11. The setting here is incredible..the trees form like an arch cascading in front of the temple with all the snow! Beautiful Ruma!
    Asceticism..it speaks of the similarity to my religion during formative years.
    I was telling my son about your blog this morning because he went to visit the town I'd mentioned on my blog. You must of been a bit disappointed with our Cherry Trees. (like us)..
    maybe not so impressed with the Eucalyptus either, ha ha!! Please read the comment I left (when you have a moment). Regards, Regina

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  12. ..Very interesting post, I read with great pleasure - thank you very much - the images are simply stunning..:)

    すべてのいただきありがとうございます

    私は心のこもった挨拶を送る

    アンナ

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  13. Que frio que pasan por esos lugares..expectacular...unos paisajes preciosos.

    Besos

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  14. Very nice pictures, we were also at this temple in the summer. It was great, we realy enjoyed the architecture and spiritual surrounding.

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  15. So old, so deep--both the snow and the Zen.

    Beautiful to see.

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  16. The place is amazing - so peaceful and quiet.
    It's a difficul practice in Zen Temples - I admire Zen Masters so much! You probably know how much I appreciate Dogen and his works! It's been always my dream to be able to enter Temple one day!

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  17. Comme c'est beau !
    Et il y a beaucoup plus de neige qu'ici...

    ところで、夫のお父さんも、同じく台湾生まれですね・・・

    A bientot Ruma, bonne journee de mercredi !

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  18. Sublimes et ce temple au bout du chemin arrive un peu comme un sauveur, il nous tend les bras pour nous accueillir chaleureusement !
    Bonjour chaleureux !

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  19. amazing building. snow makes great contrast

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  20. Para la gran mayoría de los occidentales es inimaginable una vida así... no sabemos lo que es la vida ni la muerte; no sabemos que es el silencio; no sabemos que no somos materia... en fin, que somos unos grandisimos ignorantes :) A pesar de que también somos eso en esencia... tiempo habrá en que lo vayamos descubriendo... vaciarnos primero para comprender...
    Hermoso lugar
    Una sonrisa, con humildad -.-

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  21. Für Deine schönen Bilder und für die interessante Geschichte, möchte ich mich bedanken
    Ein lieber Gruss aus der Schweiz
    Hanspi

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  22. Muy bellas las imagenes de la nieve.
    También todas sus explicaciones.
    Gracias por compartir y ampliar nuestra mente y corazón de esta sabiduría saludable.

    Un abrazo.

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  23. Estupendas fotografías y bonita la historia. Grcias por su exposición. Saludos

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  24. SUPERB PICTURES.........I certainly love the magic of a temple.....I was lucky enough to travel around the world and admiring many different temples of very different cultures....MAGNIFICIENT!!!!

    Thank You so much for this delightful post!
    ciao ciao elvira

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  25. Exquisite landscape and temple. The trees in winter and summer are majestic ... I love how the snow's white builds on the form of the temples roof. Sensual flowing lines. Beautiful Ruma!

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  26. Meu Deus e aqui o maior calor, lindas fotos.

    "... E de novo acredito que nada do que é
    importante se perde verdadeiramente
    Apenas nos iludimos, julgando ser donos das coisas,
    dos instantes e dos outros.
    Comigo caminham todos os mortos que amei,
    todos os amigos que se afastaram,
    todos os dias felizes que se apagaram.
    Não perdi nada, apenas a ilusão de que tudo podia ser meu para sempre."

    Miguel Sousa Tavares

    Desejo uma linda semana.
    Abraços com carinho.

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  27. nothing really worthwhile is easy...
    :)

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  28. thank you for bringing these images to us! How amazing it stands and still lives on. And the life of these Zen Piests. I wish I was there to see this beautiful and cherished place!

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  29. Beautiful in the snow. A lot of snow almost everywhere ths winter ! We can not drive "zen" on the roads!!!

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  30. Beautiful in the summer and winter both! Zen priests are admirable for their disciplined lives.

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  31. The snow adds a sense of mystery and even magic to this historic and beautiful place. You phtographed it very well.

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  32. What a beautiful place, made more beautiful by the snow

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