Antaiji is a temple devoted to Zen practice as a natural expression of life.
Zazen and work are not simply practiced as one part of life, rather all 24 hours
of your daily life itself are to be the manifestation of Zen. Antaiji has no
other special practices, teachings, meditation techniques, insights or spiritual
guidance to offer you. Nor is it a place to get in touch with the mystery of the
East, have occult experiences or just have a taste of Japanese culture.
This is a
place where you can create your own life as bodhisattva practice. Although you
are expected to live harmoniously with the other practioners at Antaiji, the responsibility for your practice lies solely with yourself. There is no one to live your life for you. Nobody will wipe your ass for you.
What is most important is not to use the buddha way for your own purposes, but rather to give up your own ideas and throw yourself completely into the practice of the way. For this, you should be clear about the basis of your practice and the motive that brings
you here. If you expect anything other from your stay than what life at this
precise moment has to offer you, you will invariably be disappointed. Make sure
you know why you want to come here - do not fool yourself or others.
Our life consists of zazen, religious study
and hard physical labor, which serves to support our practice. Anyone who is serious
about pure Zen practice in the tradition of Dogen Zenji, the founder of Japanese Soto Zen, is welcome at this temple.
You can stay at Antaiji as long or short as you like. However, because of the
heavy snow, it is not possible to reach the temple between December 10th and
March 25th. In no circumstances should you try to enter or leave the mountain on
your own. It is important that you obtain permission before you come to Antaiji.
You do not have to pay for staying at Antaiji, but donations are welcome and necessary to support our practice.