Koyasan, Japan: be a Buddhist Monk’s life

It’s was about ten years ago when we got the idea of how we could live the Buddhist life. We decided to go to Koyasan (Mount Koya), Japan, which is one of the best places to experience an overnight stay and get a taste of what it must be like to be a monk. There are many temples here that offer this service to both pilgrims and visitors. Yes, we did that for a couple of nights. One of the great parts of this trip was eating vegetarian monk’s cuisine. I have to say that the tofu at the Okunoin temple was delicious. The tofu is silky and naturally sweet and the recipe is thousands of years old. You also have to participate in morning prayers which start at 6:00 am. This means you have to wake up around 5:00 am. It was not easy for me because it was winter time and it’s extremely cold. There’s no central heating in the building. Prayer last for about 45 minutes and is followed by breakfast around 7:00am. Lunch, dinner, tea time, bath, and bed time are also according to strict schedules. During our stay we also viewed the temple’s cultural treasures, hall and garden. A temple typically offers private, traditional rooms with tatami floors, sliding doors, and shared toilets and sink. Bedding is provided in the form of futons that are spread on tatami floors during the night. As I say, it has no central heating in the building. Therefore, during winter nights, a heated table is set in the middle of the futons bedding to provide warmth.

This is our bed; the two blue/white pillows; two white/red printed flowers blanket; and the heated table in the middle. My husband was ready for breakfast.Me, 10 years ago. Morning view from our room.Slightly snowy on the bridge. Okunoin is one of the most sacred places in Japan and a popular pilgrimage spot.Across the bridge starts Okunoin’s cemetery, the largest in Japan, with over 200,000 tombstones lining almost two kilometers.
It was an amazing experience. After few days there, we felt light and our mind were clear and calm. It’s a great feeling.
I hope you don’t think it’s an odd post. It’s just something to share one of our experiences in our life.
Wishing you all a wonderful day! Big hugs…Hanh ;-)
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21 thoughts on “Koyasan, Japan: be a Buddhist Monk’s life

  1. Oh Hanh, thank you for sharing this wonderful experience! You look just as gorgeous then as you do today :)

  2. That's beautiful!!!! I'm excited about moving to Japan in 2 months..
    and you look sooo young and gorgeous as always in the photo!!!!

  3. Not at all an odd post, it's fantastic to take part in your travels, especially when I am a bit stuck where I am….
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. wow the view is so amazing, i think i would definitely want to try this out sometime in the future. We all need a bit of mind cleansing every once in a while.

  5. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience. Beautiful pics and you still look just as good as you did ten years ago…

  6. I really love your blog, especially the way you combine travel and fashion.

    And your time in Japan looks amazing.

  7. wow – you have done an excellent job bringing the life of japanese people to us, truely great blog

  8. That must have been such an amazing experience, the views are magnificent. Is this the first time we've seen hubby too? I am intriegued how fashionable he is living with you! xx

  9. Thanks for sharing this experience Hanh, I've just recently learned how to meditate and it feels so good and attracts positive vibes. I'm eager to learn these things and yoga is in my mind too.

    Japan is one of the country list I would want to visit, I'm bookmarking this post. xx

  10. Hanh, thank you for this post!! An experience like that is something I've been dreaming of since I was at least 10 years old :) I'm determined to get a chance to do this one day :)

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