Bishamon-do Shorinji Temple is also one of the sub-temples of Tofukuji Temple. Bishamonten, the guardian of Tofukuji Temple, is enshrined here.
The Bishamonten statue is open to the public only during special openings in spring and fall, and by group application.
You can experience zazen in this temple.
Zazen is a form of seated meditation that lies at the heart of Zen Buddhism. The word itself means “sitting meditation” in Japanese. During zazen, practitioners assume an upright posture, focusing on their breath and bodily sensations. With a straight spine, slightly tucked-in chin, and hands in a specific mudra, they either keep their eyes open with a soft gaze or closed.
The essence of zazen lies in cultivating mindfulness, concentration, and insight. By observing the breath without attempting to control it, the mind gradually settles, allowing thoughts and distractions to fade away. Through sustained practice, zazen fosters a deep sense of present-moment awareness and non-judgmental observation.
Please make a reservation online in advance. Shorin-ji official web site
Nearby spots of Shorinji
Tofukuji Temple and its sub-temples, such as Sokushu-in and Komyo-in, are within easy access from Shorinji. During special openings in spring and fall, Tofukuji Temple and many of its sub-temples of Tofukuji Temple open their gardens and other cultural treasures to the public. You will probably need more than half a day for the Tofukuji area alone.