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National Treasure of Chion-in Temple, Mieido Entrance

[Enjoying Kyoto in Summer 2023] Held at Temples in Kyoto! Dawn Lecture (Summer Early Morning Dharma Talks)

Gyoten Lectures are held from July to early August. This year, Kyoto's summer tradition, known to those in the know, will be held in various locations.
The time spent placing one's hands in front of the Buddha and listening to the stories of monks and celebrities will surely help one to reflect on oneself and clear one's mind.

1.[July 7 (Fri.)-9 (Sun.) Dawn Zazen and Green Shade Lecture

Kenninji Temple

Photo courtesy of Kenninji Temple

The Gyoten Zazen-kai and Green Shade Lecture are held at Kenninji Temple, the head temple of the Kenninji School of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, founded in the 2nd year of Kennin.
After preparing your mind through zazen, you can experience a memorable Dharma talk.
No membership fee or application is required.

July 7 (Fri.)-9 (Sun.)
6:30 - Zazen
7:10 - Green shade lecture
Friday, July 7
Current Situation of Acceptance of Foreign Nationals: Toward Social Inclusion
Executive Director, International Cultural Exchange Association
Dr. Noriyo Arita

Saturday, July 8
Dreams come true if you don't give up - the way of thinking and acting common to all professionals.
nonfiction writer
Dr. Shigemi Komatsu

July 9 (Sunday)
Mumonkan advocacy, "Thirty Rules of Sokushin Sokubutsu."
Kenninji School
Master Taisan Kobori

Kenninji Temple

  • Kenninji
  • 584 Komatsucho, Yamatooji-dori, Shijoshitaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Higashiyama Yasui"
    7 minutes on foot from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
  • Tel.075-561-6363

2.[Bukko-ji Main Temple] July 13 (Thu) - 15 (Sat): Dawn Lecture

Gate of the main temple of Bukko-ji

Photo courtesy of Bukko-ji Temple

The Gyoten Lecture is held at the main temple of Bukko-ji, the resting place of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu.

Thursday, July 13 - Saturday, July 15
6:30 - Morning service
7:00 - Dharma Talk
*The Dharma Talks arewebsiteScheduled to be live-streamed on
Thursday, July 13
"Alive in the Wish."
 Shinshu Kosho-ha Counselor
Master Hokusen Daishi

Friday, July 14
"Three coats of blackness will open."
President, Otani University
Shin Ichiraku

Saturday, July 15
The Wisdom of Background."
President of Katsuyukai
Ken-taka Nakai, Master

Bukko-ji Temple Main Mausoleum

  • Bukkoku Jikko-Honpo Disease
  • 14 Kaji-cho, Awataguchi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 8 minutes walk from Higashiyama Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-561-2100
  • 9:00-16:00
  • https://ohaka.bukkoji.or.jp/

3.[July 21 (Fri.)-23 (Sun.) Gyoten Lecture

National Treasure Mikageido at Chion-in Temple

Early in the morning of midsummer, the Gyoten Lecture invites prominent figures from various fields to give a lecture in the Mikado Hall. After the lecture, taro porridge is served.

[Friday, July 21, 2023 - Sunday, July 23, 2023
6:00 - 7:00
*Free of charge
*Please come by public transportation as there is not enough parking space in the mountain.
Friday, July 21
The Dawn of the Age of Culture: Prologue to the Relocation of the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Director, Kyoto Sangyo University; Professor, Faculty of Law Former Governor, Kyoto Prefecture
President, Kyoto Culture Foundation
Mr. Keiji Yamada

Saturday, July 22
"Who can remember how life and death begin?"
Chairman of the Sohonzan Chion-in Missionary Association
Masao Katsube, M.A.

July 23 (Sunday)
The 850th Anniversary of the Founding of the Jodo Sect: The Significance of the Founding of the Jodo Sect by Honen Shonin
Professor, Taisho University, Contract Researcher, Institute for Jodo Studies, Chion-in
Yasushun Hayashida, M.A.

Inquiries: Chion-in Temple, Chion-in Temple Missionary Department, Teaching Affairs Section

Chion-in Temple

  • Zionin
  • 400 Hayashishitacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 7 min. walk from bus stop "Chion-in-mae".
    7 minute walk from Higashiyama Subway Station
  • Tel.075-531-2111

4.[Koumyoji Temple] July 28 (Fri.) - 30 (Sun.) Gyoten Lecture

Komyoji Temple

Photo courtesy of Koumyouji Temple

A healing course held at the site of Honen Shonin's main shrine, the place where he founded the Rikkyo sect of Buddhism.

[Friday, July 28, 2023 - Sunday, July 30, 2023
5:30 Morning service
6:00-7:00 Dharma talk

*There is no parking in the mountain. Please use public transportation.
Friday, July 28
Namu amidabutsu of a half-hearted danto
  ~My Honen and Renjo."
Chairman of the Genso Koumyoji Order of the Sohonzan Komyoji Temple
Mr. Takao Iwai

Saturday, July 29
"Surrounded by the Great Compassion of the Buddha."
Sohonzan Komyoji Temple
The 88th Dharma Lord
High Priest Sawada Noriei

July 30 (Sunday)
"Unraveling Local History through Place Names."
Raku-tabi Corporation
representative director (i.e. someone chosen by the board of directors from among the directors to actually represent the company)
Mr. Ryo Wakamura

Komyoji Temple

  • komyoji
  • Kyoto Prefecture Nagaokakyo City Ao Saijonouchi 26-1
  • Bus from JR Nagaokakyo Station or Hankyu Nagaoka Tenjin Station
    3-minute walk from the bus stop "Asahigaoka Home Mae"
  • Tel.075-955-0002

5.[July 29 (Sat.) & 30 (Sun.) Gyoten Lecture

Spring at Tenryuji Temple

In July, the regular zazen session (Ryumonkai Yumechu Monzen Zazen) will be held at the Grand Hojo as the Gyoten Lecture. Zazen will be followed by a recitation of the sutra (lecture), but participation in the recitation is also possible.
After the lecture, somen noodles are served.

[Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, 2023
6:00-7:00 Zazen
7:00-8:00 Advocacy (lecture)
Saturday, July 29
(The question and answer to the preoccupation, Rule 53, "Doubts and Doubts on the Koan")
Chief abbot of Tenryuji Temple
Master Yodo Sasaki

July 30 (Sunday)
Mummers' Question and Answer, Rule 54, "The Use and Non-Use of the Koan."
Chief abbot of Tenryuji Temple
Master Yodo Sasaki

Tenryu temple

  • Tenryuji
  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City
  • Immediately from Randen "Arashiyama Station"
    13 minutes walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-881-1235

6.[August 1 (Tue) and 2 (Wed): Dawn Lecture

Chishaku-in Temple

The Gyoten Lecture is an early morning course designed to help people reflect on themselves and lead a more fulfilling life by listening to valuable stories.
Held in the refreshing early morning hours of summer, the program is designed to help people reflect on themselves and live more fulfilling lives by listening to lecturers talk about Buddhism, life, culture, health, and more.

[Tuesday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 2, 2023
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.
Lecture 6:30-7:30
*Free of charge
Tuesday, August 1
"The Two Minds That Accompany Us."
Kochi: Chief priest of Chikurinji Temple, the 31st of 88 temples in Shikoku
Kazuhide Ebizuka Master
Wednesday, August 2
Chishakuin Temple and the Paintings on the Barrier Paintings
Secretary and Curator, Exhibitions and Collections Division, Department of Education, Chizan School of Shingon Buddhism
Ms. Mami Inoue

Chishaku-in Temple

  • Chishakuin
  • 964 Higashigawara-machi, Shichijoshitaru, Higashioji-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Higashiyama Shichijo"
    10-minute walk from Keihan Shichijo Station
  • Tel.075-541-5361

7.[Eikando (Zenrin-ji Temple)] August 1 (Tue) - 3 (Thu): Dharma Talk by Midorikage

Eikando's Houshoike Pond

The Midorikage Dharma Talks are Dharma talks heard at Mikaeri Amida's temple.
A Buddhist Dharma talk will be given by the Dharma Master of Eikando Zenrinji Temple by the Houshoike pond on the temple grounds.

[Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - Thursday, August 3, 2023
*Free of charge

Eikando (Zenrinji Temple)

  • eikandou (zenrinji)
  • 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 3-minute walk from the bus stop "Nanzenji Eikando-michi"
  • Tel.075-761-0007

8.[Tuesday, August 1 - Saturday, August 5: Urabon Dharma Talks

Blue maple at Kiyomizudera

The Urabon Dharma Talks began in 1915 as an Obon Dharma service initiated by the monk Ryokei Onishi, the founder of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and are held early in the morning at 6:00 a.m., and anyone can participate.

[Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - Saturday, August 5, 2023
6:00 - 7:00
*Free of charge
Tuesday, August 1
"Chanoyu Kohichi."
Tea Ceremony Iemoto Urasenke
Sen Soshitsu Master

Wednesday, August 2
Kyoto Cuisine and Me
The 14th head of Hyotei
Mr. Eiichi Takahashi

Thursday, August 3
From Prayer for Water to World Peace."
chief priest of Yasaka Shrine
Akiyoshi Nomura, M.A.

Friday, August 4
An encounter with beauty, an experience that moves the heart."
President, Kyoto City University of Arts
Dr. Tamae Akamatsu

Saturday, August 5
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow."
High Priest of the North Housou Sect
chief priest of Kiyomizu Temple
Kiyonori Mori, Priest

Kiyomizu Temple

  • Kiyomizudera
  • 1-294 Shimizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 13 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Kiyomizu"
  • Tel.075-551-1234

9.[August 1 (Tue) - 5 (Sat), Gyoten Lecture

Gyoten Lecture at Otani Ancestral Temple

Gyoten" means the sky at dawn. The "Gyokuten Lecture" is held as a place to listen to and encounter the teachings of Shinshu in the clear dawn air.
For five days from August 1 to 5 each year, a Buddhist service is held in the main hall at 6:30 a.m., followed by a Dharma talk by an invited lecturer (scheduled to end at 7:30 p.m.).

[Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - Saturday, August 5, 2023

Tuesday, August 1
The History of the Datani Ancestral Temple
Professor, Doyo University / Counselor, Planning and Coordination Bureau
Mr. Ya Ando

Wednesday, August 2
Buddhist Fairy Tales and Shinran Shonin."
Former part-time lecturer at Kyoto Koka Women's University and author of Buddhist fairy tales
Ms. Aiko Watanabe

Thursday, August 3
"I met my ancestors, the true beliefs of the oral tradition."
tree-sprouting system
Mr. Yukio Seigumo

Friday, August 4
Walking Together on the Buddhist Path."
Vice President, Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji School Research Institute
Mr. Tomomasa Teramoto

Saturday, August 5
It was a joy to be able to attend the memorial service.
Shinshu Otaniha Counselor
Hidekazu Obata, M.A.

Otani mausoleum

10.[Shokokuji Temple] August 2 (Wed.) and 3 (Thu.): Dawaten Zazen-kai

Exterior view of the Hojo Building at Shokokuji Temple

Photo courtesy of Shokokuji Temple

Shokokuji Temple, the head temple of the Shokokuji School of Rinzai Sect, is a large temple with the famous Rokuen (Golden Pavilion) Temple and Jishoji (Silver Pavilion) Temple as its towers. The Dawaten Zazen-kai (Zen meditation session) is held in the large hall of the temple with advance registration required.

[Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3
7:00-8:00 Zazen
*Free of charge
80 persons per day

How to apply
● Phone
075-231-0301 (Weekdays and Saturdays 10:00 - 17:00)
Shokokuji Temple [in Japanese].HP]

Shokokuji Temple

  • lottery
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kamigyo Ward, Imadegawa-dori, Karasuma Higashiiru
  • 5 minutes walk from Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa Station"
  • Tel.075-231-0301

11.[Myoshinji] August 7 (Mon.) & 8 (Tue.) Gyoten Lecture

The Great Hojo of Myoshinji Temple

Photo courtesy of Myoshinji Temple

The Gyoten Lecture is an annual event at the Myoshinji Daihojo, where early morning zazen is followed by a Dharma talk in the form of a recitation (zazen). Zazen can be done in seiza or in a sitting position.
On the 8th, after the end of the advocacy, a somen noodle reception will be provided.
*500 yen per day (1000 yen for 2 days)

[Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Zazen 6:00-6:30
Advocacy (lecture) 6:30-7:30
Monday, August 7
Reiunin Temple
Master Noritake Shunan

Tuesday, August 8
chief abbot of Myoshinji temple
Muneyoshi Ogura, Master

Myoshinji Temple

  • mystery or detective genre (movie, novel, etc.)
  • 1, Hanazono Myoshinji-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 6 min. walk from Myoshinji Sta. on the Randen Line
    9 min. walk from JR Hanazono Sta.
  • Tel. 075-461-5226
  • 9:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00
  • Dharma Hall and Main Annex 700 yen for adults, 400 yen for elementary/junior high school students
  • https://www.myoshinji.or.jp/
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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