When you think of Zen, you think of beautiul garden, calm music and slow pace of life, right? Well, the garden sure is beautiful, but the focus of Zen surprised me. They say it’s all about the moving Zen, which is for example cleaning quickly and thoroughly, and quiet Zen which is meditating for 5 times a day for 24 min. By having rules in your daily routine, it makes you more focused. Here is the schedule: 4.50 waking up, cleaning teeth. 5.05 morning chanting, the words are…

After spending time in ashram in Madurai (India) and buddhist temple near Pai (Thailand), it was only obvious that we experience a zen temple. Our friend Natali told us about a zen temple in Kyoto called Fumonken. “You have to stay more than 2 days and I don’t accept couples.” “But if you’re going to respect the temple rules, you can come” said Osho-san, the monk of Fumonken. Phew, sounds strict! Nervously we entered the wooden door which revealed mossy ground and neatly arranged flowers, when Fumonken monk…

Besides bamboo forest and the golden pavilion, you can stroll around Kyoto on foot. We decided to take a bus to Kiyomizu temple and then walk slowly through a couple of temples to the Gion or Geisha area, and then to downtown. We took a bus 206 from Kyoto station. And ended up in Gion! Somehow we didn’t recognize the station for Kiyomizu temple and ended almost at the end. Since we like to walk and it was a sunny day we went backwards or original plan. I…

After one night in Osaka we decided to go to Kyoto. We wanted to see what all the pictures of nature and temples were all about. We took the subway to Kyoto and were greeted by…a super modern city! Waaaaait! Were are all the zen temples? And green fluffy moss? It tured out Kyoto is big, clean city with beautiful people and lots of shopping malls 🙂 It is only famous by the temple pictures 🙂 So the cheapest guesthouse (but probably the nicest one) is Shiori An…