— The Garden of Origins and Journeys
As you quiet your mind and enter into a state of harmony in the garden, you can re-discover and return to your original self, reflect on the past and begin on a new path. Saihoji Temple is the garden of origins, and new journeys.
As it approaches the 1,300th anniversary of its founding, Saihoji Temple strives to be a place where you can return to your true self in quiet and commence the journey that will bring you to the next stage of your life — empowering you to be more creative, to be inspired and to return to your life feeling completely and re-tuned and ready for a fresh start in your life.
Visiting and Spiritual Practice
In our desire for visitors to be able to spend a quieter and more reflective time, we introduced a policy restricting temple visits to small numbers of people requiring reservations. This policy has been in place since 1977.
We offer the following two options in accordance with visitors’ needs.
Basic Visiting Program
While enjoying the magnificent atmosphere of Saihoji, you can quieten your mind by copying sutra, and by walking in the garden, re-discover yourself, return to your origins and prepare for the next journey of your life.
You can also visit Saihoji to participate in our special programs to gain a deeper understanding of both the temple and its Zen teachings. We offer a variety of options, such as seasonal visits, morning zazen sessions, family-friendly programs, and visits on specific dates with limited participation.
We created a web portal that offers a variety of interesting content and useful information, including original articles about Saihoji, content for Saihokai members, and information for reservations of temple visits.
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The History of Saihoji Temple
Bodhisattva Gyoki Saihoji founded as a temple of the Hosso Sect of Buddhism
Kobo Daishi (Kukai)
Honen Shonin The temple is converted to the Jodo Sect
Muso Kokushi Basic model of gardens created
The temple is converted to the Rinzai Sect of Zen Buddhism
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu The Golden Pavilion were built in the image of Saihoji Temple
Ashikaga Yoshimasa The Silver Pavilion were built in the image of Saihoji Temple
Oda Nobunaga The temple's structures were burnt down in the Onin War
Sen no Shoan
Natural disasters like river floodings made Saihoji devastated
Moss began to flourish after natural disasters and war