This is the website of the Japanese Zen monastery Antaiji.
In this part of the website, you find information about the site in English language.
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In this section you'll find general information, first About our temple and its History from its foundation in 1923 until today. Sawaki & Uchiyama are the names of two former abbots who shaped Antaiji, while Abbot Muho is the present teacher of the monastery.
Here you'll find general remarks About zazen, which is at the heart of our daily practice, as well as an instruction by Sawaki Rôshi on How to sit and quotes about The attitude of zazen.
This sections contains writings of the present abbot and some other practioners at the monastery. Ruten - flow & change are short articles written when Muho still lived in the park in Ôsaka. After he became the abbot of Antaiji, he published the monthly Shitpaper in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The name probably reflects the quality of the writing. Three years later, it was renamed Lotus in the Fire, hoping to encourage the writer to grow and mature beyond the dirt. You can find all backnumbers since 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 until the present 2012.
Antaiji also publishes a yearbook in both Japanese and English (and sometimes other languages, like German for example). Here you'll find the articles from 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The next yearbook will be out in December, and if you have visited Antaiji during this year, please write an article for it.
Here are translations of a number of older Zen texts. First, the 120 Questions comes from a collection of monastic rules of 12th century China. The Fukanzazengi is Dôgen Zenji's first work, which he wrote short after his return to Japan from China (Dôgen Zenji is the founder of Japanese Soto Zen, he lived 1200-1253). It explains about how zazen is practiced. Even more to the point is Zazengi, a chapter of the Shôbôgenzô (Dôgen Zenji's major work with more than 90 chapters about all aspects of Buddhism). Among the most famous chapters of the Shôbôgenzô are Genjokoan and Shoji which express the essence of Dôgen Zenji's Zen. Some of these writings can be read as text only or enjoyed with pictures (Fukanzazengi, Zazengi, Genjokoan and Shoji). Zazen-yojinki contains the Points to keep in mind when practicing zazen by Keizan Jôkin (1268-1325), another important figure in our school.
Homeless Kodo contains seven previously unpublished short chapters of a book known as "The Zen Teaching of 'Homeless' Kodo". This book is a compilation of sayings by Sawaki Kôdô Rôshi commented by his student Uchiyama Kôshô Rôshi - the two former abbots of Antaiji mentioned in the About Antaiji section, translated by Muhô from the Japanese original. The excerpts that you find under the title To you are from another collection of Sawaki Kôdô Rôshi's sayings, translated from the Japanese original by Jesse Haasch and Muhô and maybe published in the close future. This book also includes Uchiyama Kôshô Rôshi's "To you who are still dissatisfied with your zazen" and "About the conditions which led to Kôdô Sawaki's greatness" which can be found here. Other important texts by Uchiyama Rôshi are "To you who has decided to become a Zen monk" and "Seven Points of Practice". Here are also Muho's articles on "Adult practice".
You can find pictures of Antaiji and our life in our Photo Album. Please also check out the FAQ: Why the hell are these pictures so different from real life at Antaiji?, as many people are disillusioned when they notice the discrepancy between their idea of a mountain monastery and the reality in which we live. There are also a number of Videos that can been seen, listened or linked to in this section.
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The full Antaiji Manual of Practice is available here with lots of information about zazen or kinhin, as well as the many responsibilities around the monastery, and Adult Practice in a Nutshell.
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