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Dinner Questions and Answers / Have a meal (morning porridge) with Yotokuin Deputy Chief Priest Yotoku-in, Myoshin-ji Temple, and enjoy the experience of Zen (zazen).
Make use of it in your life

Plan Details

膳問答(zen Q&A) is a cross between 禅and 膳 is same pronounce, organised by Ittoku Yokoe, deputy chief priest of Yotokuin, the pagoda of Myoshinji Temple. Ozen, read as 'Zen', is a term used to refer to the food in respect of the person who eats it.

It is an experience programme where participants learn how to apply Zen teachings to real life through morning porridge, Zen meditation and Dharma talks. - Over morning porridge, talk about Zen with Mr Ittoku Yokoe, vice-abbot of the Myoshin-ji pagoda Yotoku-in -experience Zen meditation to calm the mind - listen to a Dharma talk to get hints for applying Zen ideas to real life - exchange impressions and opinions with other participants - develop the ability to look things over without being bound by fixed ideas Participants will have a chance to enjoy morning porridge. Time for each participant to incorporate and sublimate Zen ideas into their real lives and enrich their days through time with Yokoe-san, while having a bowl of porridge. Afterwards, they will be guided in zazen, to prepare their body and mind. Finally, they will hear a Dharma talk from Yokoe and have the opportunity to think deeply about the Zen way of thinking and living. The programme aims to cultivate the ability to put things in perspective and discard stereotypes through practising Zen. Participants can digest Zen teachings in their own way in order to find meaning in their own lives. The minimum number of people who can carry out a Zen question and answer session is five. Maximum number of participants: 20. About 2 hours. Held at 7:00, 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.(please confirm when you book.) Dharma talks are talks based on Buddhist teachings that are preached and listened to in an easy-to-understand manner for the general public.

Set Dates

Mid-January to mid-February, June, early July, October, November.

Plan Price (per person)

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What's included

Morning porridge, Zen meditation experience, Dharma talk

Course Details

Explanation: approx. 15 min.

Zen meditation: approx. 50 mins.

Morning porridge: approx. 50 mins (including Dharma talk) About 2 hours in total

Meeting Place & Time

53 Hanazono Myoshinjicho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 616-8035 Japan

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Time Required

About 2 hours in total

Min. # of Participants per Party

1 person

Min. # of Participants

5 persons

Max. # of Participants

10 persons

Supported Languages


・Interpretation available on prior request (schedule to be confirmed).

English, Korean, Chinese, Polish, Hebrew, German, Spanish, French, Filipino, Thai

Necessary when making a reservation

(1) Date of implementation 

(2) Desired time 

(3) Participant's name 

(4) Contact details

Closing Date

7 days before 18:00, enquiries required

Cancellation Fees

Free cancellation within 72 hours

From 3 days prior to the day before the experience date to the day before: 20%, on the day of the experience: 50%.

No-show or after the start of the trip: 100%.

Other (Notes)

This tour is intended for primary school students and above. Each guest under junior high school age must be accompanied by one parent or guardian.

Photo gallery

#1 Morning porridge set
The morning porridge meal is prepared with great care by Deputy Chief Priest Ittoku.

#2 Morning porridge
Listen to the sermon while eating breakfast porridge. It has the same sound as Zen and Zen.
Is this discussion about Zen and Zen a good opportunity to incorporate Zen thinking into real life?

#3 Deputy Chief Priest Ittoku Yokoe during the sermon
Deputy Chief Priest Ittoku Yokoe has the desire to explain Buddha's teachings in an easy-to-understand manner and share them as daily sustenance.

#4 Example of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine and sermon experience
Private plans are also available.
The photo is a private fieldwork plan held in the past.

#5 Rinzai sect Myojinji sub-temple Yotoku-in Yokoe Ittoku deputy chief priest
Rinzai sect Myoshinji temple pagoda Yotokuin, Yokoe Kazunori, deputy abbot.
Graduated from Ryukoku University with a degree in journalism from the
Department of Community Management, Faculty of Sociology.
After graduation, he spent two years and three months as a trainee at a
specialised centre in Kenninji, the head temple of the Daihonzan sect, before
becoming deputy abbot of Yotokuin. He has been involved in promoting Zen
through vegetarian cooking and various events.
Part-time lecturer in religion at Hanazono Junior and Senior High School. She
works daily to create a world where young people can nurture their minds and
speak out their own thoughts.



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