FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the Templestay

Q. It is possible to join Templestay during the week?+
A. There are some temples that offer Templestay programs during the week, according to their situations. You should directly contact the temple you are interested in and ask.
Q. Can people of other religions also join Templestay?+
A. Of courses. The Templestay program is open to everyone, regardless of religion, gender, or race. It's a place where everyone can come together and have a unique culturl experience. If any of the activities will be hard for you due to your religious beliefs, just let the instructor know in advance.
Q. I'd like to stay longer in the temple. Is there a way I can do that?+
A. Templestay programs normally run from two to five days in length.However, there is a temple that offers a ordination program for about a month. It also possible to simply take a rest at some temples for a longer period of time. Check out the Templestay website for more detailed information.
Q. Is their a program suitable for children?+
A. There are many places that run Templestay programs focused on children or young adults during the school holiday periods. Among these programs for kids, most tend to focus on cultural experiences or ecological awareness. You can take a look at the guidebook for more detailed information on the different programs each temple offers, or else visit the website at http://www.templestay.com
Q. I'm worried that I won't be able to get through some of these difficult practices like Seon meditation or 108 bows.+
A. Anyone who is in decent physical shape should be able to do the Seon (Jap: Zen) meditation or 1080 bows. Only a few participants have found that 1080 bows or other practices are too much for them. It important to keep the proper attitude of acting together with others, so don be fixed on the numbers, just go at your own speed.
Q. It is possible to join Templestay during the week?+
A. There are some temples that offer Templestay programs during the week, according to their situations. You should directly contact the temple you are interested in and ask.
Q. Can people of other religions also join Templestay?+
A. Of courses. The Templestay program is open to everyone, regardless of religion, gender, or race. It's a place where everyone can come together and have a unique culturl experience. If any of the activities will be hard for you due to your religious beliefs, just let the instructor know in advance.
Q. I'd like to stay longer in the temple. Is there a way I can do that?+
A. Templestay programs normally run from two to five days in length.However, there is a temple that offers a ordination program for about a month. It also possible to simply take a rest at some temples for a longer period of time. Check out the Templestay website for more detailed information.
Q. Is their a program suitable for children?+
A. There are many places that run Templestay programs focused on children or young adults during the school holiday periods. Among these programs for kids, most tend to focus on cultural experiences or ecological awareness. You can take a look at the guidebook for more detailed information on the different programs each temple offers, or else visit the website at http://www.templestay.com
Q. I'm worried that I won't be able to get through some of these difficult practices like Seon meditation or 108 bows.+
A. Anyone who is in decent physical shape should be able to do the Seon (Jap: Zen) meditation or 1080 bows. Only a few participants have found that 1080 bows or other practices are too much for them. It important to keep the proper attitude of acting together with others, so don be fixed on the numbers, just go at your own speed.
Q. It is possible to join Templestay during the week?+
A. There are some temples that offer Templestay programs during the week, according to their situations. You should directly contact the temple you are interested in and ask.
Q. Can people of other religions also join Templestay?+
A. Of courses. The Templestay program is open to everyone, regardless of religion, gender, or race. It's a place where everyone can come together and have a unique culturl experience. If any of the activities will be hard for you due to your religious beliefs, just let the instructor know in advance.
Q. I'd like to stay longer in the temple. Is there a way I can do that?+
A. Templestay programs normally run from two to five days in length.However, there is a temple that offers a ordination program for about a month. It also possible to simply take a rest at some temples for a longer period of time. Check out the Templestay website for more detailed information.
Q. Is their a program suitable for children?+
A. There are many places that run Templestay programs focused on children or young adults during the school holiday periods. Among these programs for kids, most tend to focus on cultural experiences or ecological awareness. You can take a look at the guidebook for more detailed information on the different programs each temple offers, or else visit the website at http://www.templestay.com
Q. I'm worried that I won't be able to get through some of these difficult practices like Seon meditation or 108 bows.+
A. Anyone who is in decent physical shape should be able to do the Seon (Jap: Zen) meditation or 1080 bows. Only a few participants have found that 1080 bows or other practices are too much for them. It important to keep the proper attitude of acting together with others, so don be fixed on the numbers, just go at your own speed.