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Seiryoji Temple, Kyoto

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  • I went there as part of a tour of Kyoto and 13 Buddhas. It was impressive with a splendid gate, a stately main hall and a impressive view. Because it was during the special opening period, we were able to see the statue of Buddha sansa of the national treasure up close at Reihokan. The blue and the beautiful garden was wonderful, too.
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  • Not many Japanese temples have the Shakyamuni Buddha statue, the historical Buddha. This is already so when Buddhism spread from China to Japan in ancient times. Hence this is one rare temple to visit...  more »
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  • Far from the crowds. You may be alone here! That is reason enough to visit. It's beautiful. Nice garden. Great wooden walkway. An a unique gallery of artifacts. Been to over 30 kyoto temples, that gallery was a first.
  • Seiryō-ji, a Buddhist temple, in Arashiyama section of Kyoto, retains Japanese Buddhism culture and tradition. The temple seems to have long history with Chinese Buddhism by going back to Chinese Tang Dynasty of the 7th century, and its Buddhist aetiface collection in the main hall seems to document its close tie with Chinese and Indian Buddhism. Because it is NOT located at Arashiyama train station, bridge, or bamboo glove areas, which are more popular and known for the tourists, its about 10-minute walking distance from Arashiyama train station actually offers it an unique Buddhist serenity and quietness without much noise or loud talking of the tourists. The rear area of the temple, which requires moderate admission fee to enter, exhibits Buddhist practice- including sitting, writing- building design and architect, and chatting and learning with and from Buddhist Masters who are friendly and patient. The rear section of the temple has an unique traditional wooden walkway to connect the front main hall. The rear section of the temple also has unique but tranquil garden of flower trees and moss on the garden floor. The rear-garden Zen or sitting worship room offers worshipers for writing Buddhism pray or so called NO-evil behaviors pledges, and worshipers are allowed to leave their writing in the front of the worship room, with or without donations, and monks will pray for the believers, During Chinese Cultural Revolution, many Japanese universities, including Kyoto University, had wide-spread student unrest on campus which caused campus lock-up. Because of his academic relations with various religious and history scholars of Kyoto University, Master Monk of Seiryo-ji Temple, who was a famous history scholar, offered help to foreign visiting scholars to Kyoto University for temporary residence in the temple. In April, Seiryo-ji Temple will have its annual tradition for traditional drama show to represent the kick off of traditional Japanese drama season. The Temple also holds two times per year for its collection of Buddhist art, mainly 10th century statutes, and generally it is held and open for the visitors in April and Oct-Nov. The admission is 300 yen in 2018. Staff at the front reception or admission office do know some foreign language, including English, and they are willing to help visitors by hand signs or other measures. Some of the staffs are volunteers, including cleaning workers. While temple is serene and peaceful overall, visitors can feel that strong sense of humanity and classic wooden building walkway in the rear garden of the temple. In rear garden, visitors can also write visiting impression and reflection on the visitors books. Visitors can also write their "Promise for Doing Goodness" and make special prayer or wish on the Japanese tatami Zen practice or sitting worship room which has Buddha image in the front center. The Zen practice room provides a rare seclusion for relaxation and reflection with quietness, when Arashiyama is becoming more and more crowded with noise. The temple's simple but beautiful garden has cherry blossom trees and other flower trees in Spring and In Autumn. Visitors coming out the temple's main gate may want to turn left and stop by at the Japanese bean curd store which is one of the Kyoto's oldest bean curd makers and which always has numerous home town buyers from Kyoto for its daily fresh-make bean curds. Tourists can also buy and try the just-make bean curd at the store. Walking to Seiryo-ji Temple is about 6 to 8 minutes of walking distance from JR Arishiyama train station or Keifuku [Randen] Line Arashiyama train station.
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