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Kyoto, Japan September 2019: Adventures in Deep Buddhism and The 4 Gates of Mindfulness Retreat

This year we’re working on making more of the Japan events accessible also to those coming from outside of Japan. If you’re thinking of attending this retreat and you live outside of Japan, take a look at this travel planning support sheet. Also, for specific questions please contact local sangha event coordinator Beatrice, contact info is inside the support sheet.

Adventures in Deep Buddhism at the Myoshin-ji Temple


Saturday, September 14th

This day is devoted to recognizing, deepening and celebrating the uniqueness of the individual. Participants will experience the river of goodness flowing through their veins.

We will engage in practices that facilitate enhanced expression through the power of respectful self-differentiation.  We will journey beyond the seeds of loneliness and fusion to

A new understanding of solitude and belonging. We will empower ourselves to live our precious lives.


Sunday, September 15th

This day is an exploration of creativity and visioning of one’s calling in the world. Participants will reconnect to their aspirations, gifts and talents. We will ask ourselves what can we offer to heal our communities and society with wisdom and compassion. We are invited to transform the seeds of doubt that hold us back from our deep voices being expressed. We will encourage ourselves to live more mindful artful lives.


Monday, September 16th

This day is a is an experience of beloved community. Beloved Community is our hearts greatest desire, our human birthright, our destiny in every moment.  It lives in our bones and minds. Participants will explore the transmissions of our ancestors and ask ourselves what must be continued adapted or let go. We will also discuss the skills of community building so that beloved community becomes a lived experience in our daily lives.

The Four Gates of Mindfulness Retreat at Kansai Seminar House

Saturday, September 21st - Monday, September 23rd

In many Buddhist Temple designs, there are gates you enter to get to the heart of the temple. These gates represent thresholds you must pass through to arrive at new beginnings. Each gate is a symbol and a spiritual invitation to go into deeper levels of practice, awakening to meet the Buddha within. This retreat introduces participants to the journey through each gate. It is a journey of unbinding karma, recognizing its release, and embodying the experience of liberation. During this retreat participants will learn ways of unbinding karma and generating a practice life that empowers individual and collective healing, transformation and liberation. 

Larry’s Love Poem To Kyoto: