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Shabutsu Buddhist Image Copying at Shourinji Temple in Kyoto

 

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Description

Take home the peacefulness of Kyoto when you practice shabutsu at Shourinji Temple. Tracing the picture of a Buddha is said to help you meditate and bring enlightenment. Shabutsu is the practice of copying Buddhist images by hand, once used to spread the teachings before the printing press. Copying these images is now a form of meditation, to clear the mind and focus on beauty. Trace over the lines within the quiet tatami halls and garden-facing porches of the temple, guided by the monks of Shourinji Temple. The temple was built in 1550, and the Heian-era statue of Bishamonten which graces the altar was originally found hidden in the ceiling of Tofukuji Temple.

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made after 1 hours prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Tours

Beginner's Shabutsu

You can choose one from the following Buddhist images: Dainichi Buddha, Amithaba Buddha, Kannon the Goddess of Mercy, Seishi Boddhisatva of Strength, Kokuzo Boddhisatva of Wisdom, Monju Lord of Wisdom, Fugen Boddhistava of Universal Goodness, or Fudo the Immovable One.

Pricing Details

Prices Starts From:01-10-2019   Ends On:01-01-2038    Available On:    All Days
Adult/Child $23

Inclusion

  • Shabutsu Session
  • Japanese tea and sweets

Schedules

06:46:17 Arrive at Shourinji Temple

Day: Day1
Shabutsu Explanation

Day: Day1
Shabutsu
Trace the outlines of the boddhisattva of your choice, and clear your mind. Let stress fall away as you focus on drawing.
Day: Day1
Tea and Sweets
Sip on green tea and savor a lovely piece of confectionery, the perfect way to relax.
Day: Day1
Check-out at Shourinji Temple

Day: Day1

Check In/Pickup Location Details

  • The temple is 8 minutes by foot from Tofukuji Station on the Keihan train line, 8 minutes by foot from Tofukuji Station on the JR Nara line and right next to the Tofukuji bus stop (served by the 202, 207 and 208 buses)

Intermediate Shabutsu

You may choose one from the following Buddhist images of the 12 Guardians: Taishaku Lord of the Center, Bishamonten Lord of the North, Katen Lord of Fire, Enmaten King of the Underworld, Rasetsu demon, Suiten Diety of the Sea and Fertility, Futen God of the Wind, Daijizaiten (Shiva), Bonten Creator of the World, Jiten God of the Earth, Nikko the Sun King, Gakko the Moon Guardian.

Pricing Details

Prices Starts From:09-08-2014   Ends On:01-01-2038    Available On:    All Days
Adult/Child $36

Inclusion

  • Shabutsu Session
  • Japanese tea and sweets

Schedules

06:46:17 Arrive at Shourinji Temple

Day: Day1
Shabutsu Explanation

Day: Day1
Shabutsu
Trace the outlines of the boddhisattva of your choice, and clear your mind. Let stress fall away as you focus on drawing.
Day: Day1
Tea and Sweets
Sip on green tea and savor a lovely piece of confectionery, the perfect way to relax.
Day: Day1
Check-out at Shourinji Temple

Day: Day1

Check In/Pickup Location Details

  • The temple is 8 minutes by foot from Tofukuji Station on the Keihan train line, 8 minutes by foot from Tofukuji Station on the JR Nara line and right next to the Tofukuji bus stop (served by the 202, 207 and 208 buses)

Activity Detail

Additional Notes

  • All the drawing tools will be provided by the temple, so you do not need to bring your own.
  • The shabutsu session should take between 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the image you are copying.
  • While the monks can speak some English, they are not fluent.

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