Embrace the world of Zen and explore your own mindfulness
Perfection lies in the quiet of the passing moment. While certainly true for esoteric practices such as Zen Buddhism, this idea also rings true in the world of sports and athletic competition. A clear, relaxed mind is perhaps even more important than the physical abilities required to outmatch your opponent. At the Eikando Zenrinji Buddhist temple, you can slow down and explore your own mindfulness as you experience the subtle stillness of the Japanese garden and the stunning Tahoto Pagoda. Completed in the year 853, this sprawling complex is the head temple for the Seizan branch of Japan’s Jodo-shu (Pure Land) Buddhist sect. As true for many locations in Kyoto, Eikando Zenrinji is famous for resplendent autumn foliage. Visit any time of the year to experience the Japanese Buddhist tradition and—if you’re lucky—a clear mind to take you to your next destination.