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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: WHERE CAN I INTENSIVELY STUDY ZEN AND PRACTICE ZAZEN
vertical line Posted on Jan.11.2020 @ 08:50AM EDT by yiphei
Hi everyone,

I am a Philosophy student with an interest in Eastern Philosophy, particularly in Zen Buddhism. I have some light academic background in the subject plus some practical background with meditation and monastic life after having stayed in the Rinzai temple of Tekishinjuku Kyoto Kokusai Zendo in Kyoto. However, there is still much to perfect and learn about Zen Buddhism (both theory and practice), and I want to return to a Zen temple to study Zen and practice Zazen. What I am looking for is to strengthen my theoretical understanding of Zen Buddhist teachings and perfect the art of Zazen. My goal is not only to learn Zen Buddhism but to fully embrace and embody its teachings in all facets of life. Therefore, I am not looking for something that satisfies the merely curious but for something rigorous, intensive, and demanding in the true spirit of Zen. With this in mind, would you know of any temple/monastery that can offer what I am looking for? It can be either a Rinzai or Soto, and it can be anywhere (US or abroad). If abroad, an English instructor/mentor would be necessary.

Really appreciate all the advice and suggestion
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Reply from so_teh
Jan.11.2020
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You sound serious and it sounds like you have some certainty that this is what you are after. Unfortunately, I don't know where you should go for training. I do wish you luck in your search and may your hardships be few!
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