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.