7/22 Densouji Temple でんそう寺

This morning we visited Densouji, a Buddhist temple in the Misaki area.

After meeting Mrs. Kae Tada, who lives at the temple with her family, we tried rolling tea leaves outside. Back inside the temple, Kae let us try some Zen meditation. This silent time began with the sound of wooden blocks struck together, followed by four chimes of a bell.

Next we used brush pens to copy a sutra, or sacred writing. We also had fun coloring in the picture of the bodhisattva Kannon.

We were fortunate enough to hear a Buddhist hymn sung by a local ladies' group. Later, as we tasted Japanese tea and sweets, we could still hear snatches of music as they practiced together.

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