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Gachirinkan Meditation at Hashikuraji Temple

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Practice a special meditation at this 1,000-year-old temple in western Tokushima

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Esoteric Buddhism has a special meditation known as Gachirinkan, or Full Moon meditation. This calming and insightful meditation is practiced by focussing on an Ajikan Honzon, an image of a full moon overlaid with the Sanskrit character ‘A’, or a Gachirinkan Honzon, an image just of the moon. To experience the full benefit of this meditation it is recommended to be guided by an expert, such as the chief priest at Hashikuraji Temple in western Tokushima prefecture.


The cable car ride to this 1,000 year old temple, 600m up the slopes of the Sanuki Mountains and overlooking the Yoshino River, provides stunning views that will begin to calm your soul. On reaching the head temple of the Shingon Omuro Buddhist sect you’ll be greeted by the priest who will assist you in engaging in around one and a half hours of quite self-reflection. The meditation session comes with a gift of floral incense. Afterwards the chief priest will lead you on a tour of the temple grounds. Meditation sessions are held year round and need to be booked at least by 17:00 on the day before your plannned visit. There must be a minimum of two participants.


How to get there


15 minutes by taxi from JR Awa-ikeda Station.



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