You are Antaiji!

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 stay here long term (three years or more), living harmoniously with the other practioners in the monastery, the responsibility for your practice still 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.
Concise information on staying at Antaiji (link) and supporting our practice (link) can be found on the respective pages.

If you can not commit to a long term stay, you have the opportunity to participate in our spring retreat in May or the summer retreat in July. If you are looking for a real challenge, you are welcome for the autumn sesshin from October 31st to November 6th as well.