Buddhism & meditation

The D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Out of all the sights I visited in Kanazawa, my favourite was the tranquil and minimalist D.T. Suzuki Museum, a small museum commemorating the life and works of Suzuki Daisetz Teitaro (1870-1966), a prominent Buddhist philosopher and writer.
Suzuki received his Buddhist training at the Engakuji Zen monastery in Kamakura and later became [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Contemporary, Japan and was tagged with nature, museums, contemporary architecture, Japanese architecture, Zen Buddhism, zen gardens, Kanazawa, D.T. Suzuki Museum


Eiheiji Temple & Zen Master Dogen

Posted on October 14, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
A large 13th century temple complex located in rural Fukai is considered to be an important pilgrimage site by most Soto Zen practitioners (including Steve Jobs), and this temple is Eiheiji, founded by Master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) in 1244.
I had been interested in Buddhism since I was in my early 20s, but I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan and was tagged with nature, temples, Japan, Japanese architecture, Zen Buddhism, zazen, Eiheiji, Master Dogen


Higashiyama Walking Course in Takayama

Posted on October 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Since my ryokan was located near the former site of Takayama Castle (Shiroyama Park), I was able to enjoy a tranquil stroll along the Higashiyama Walking Course before I left the city. Unlike the busy city centre, I hardly saw anyone as I walked past various temples and shrines, as well as [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with nature, temples, walking, Hida Takayama


Gardens, temples, and zazen in Kyoto

Posted on September 9, 2018 by Toothpicker

A view of Tofukuji's Tsutenkyo Bridge
 
It is on every tourist's itinerary to visit at least one/two karesansui (dry landscape garden) in Kyoto, but during the peak season, it is best to avoid the famous ones and head for the less crowded gardens. A few years ago, I visited Kyoto in February and [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, Kyoto, gardens, temples, Zen Buddhism, zen gardens, zazen


Japan's sacred mountain – Koyasan

Posted on August 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Danjo Garan Temple complex
 
For a long time, I have been wanting to visit Mount Koya or Koyansan, a sacred mountain in the Wakayama region. It is the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism ( a Chinese-influenced esoteric sect), introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. Located in the [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, gardens, temples, Japan, Shingon, Koyansan, Japanese garden


Silent walking weekend

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
As a keen hiker/walker, I have joined various walking groups and did many day hikes/walks out of London in recent years. Walking aside, these groups are sociable and provide opportunities to meet and mingle with other walkers who live in London.
Lately, however, I find some group leaders overly keen to get [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, photography, eco living, retreats


Paris Asiatique

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

Musée Guimet
 
Aside from the Japanese gardens in Albert Kahn's museum and gardens, there are many other places in Paris for Asian culture enthusiasts because the French have always had a passion/interest in Asian arts and culture, much more so than the English. Although London is a multicultural city with many great [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paris, Buddhism & meditation, Art, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Asian art and was tagged with paris, Chinese art, gardens, Japanese art, Asian art, Buddhist art


A week of silence in Devon

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: The 13th century Grade I listed West Ogwell Church; bottom right: Gaia house
 
Not long after I returned from Asia, I went to Devon for my first week-long silent meditation retreat at Gaia House, a well-known Buddhist meditation retreat centre which was a former convent. Although I have been meditating [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Britain and was tagged with meditation, nature, Buddhism, Devon, retreats, mindfulness


A very special Christmas retreat

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Recently a few people have asked me this question: "Why do you continue to go to these meditation retreats?" My answer is simple: I need to get away from the city, work, stress and reconnect with nature and myself. Retreats help me to detox my body and mind, when you are cut [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain, British heritage and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, Buddhism, eco living, heritage, Devon, retreats


Pop-up at Alternatives

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: the Eros snow globe at Piccadilly Circus; top right: the Christmas tree outside of St Jame's church; bottom left and right: interior of the church
 
One aspect I love about running a business is that you never know what will happen tomorrow. Although this applies to life in general [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Buddhism & meditation, Pop ups and was tagged with London, documentaries, Buddhism, Christmas shopping, pop up shop


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