Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto: A Guide to Kyoto's Most Important Sites

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7.3 X 9.9 X 0.6 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author
Author John Dougill is a professor at Ryukoku, Kyoto's largest Buddhist university. He has written many books about Japan including In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians, Japan's World Heritage Sites and Kyoto: A Cultural History. In addition to running the Green Shinto blog, he is the associate editor of Japanese Religions and founder of the "Writers in Kyoto" group. He lives in Kyoto, plays chess and loves to wander the banks of the Kamogawa River.

Photographer John Einarsen is a photographer, designer, curator and founding editor of Kyoto Journal, an international magazine on Japanese and Asian culture established in 1987. His photographs have been published in Kyoto: The Forest Within the Gate and Small Buildings of Kyoto. From 2013-2015 he served as an advisor to the Japan Times and in 2013 received the Commissioner's Award of the Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency. He lives near Kyoto's Nanzenji temple.

Foreword writer Rev. Takafumi Kawakami is deputy head priest of Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, where he teaches Zen meditation classes in English to 5000 foreign visitors annually including groups from Harvard, Sloan and other schools. He co-hosts study abroad programs in Kyoto for students from Bryn Mawr, University of Oregon and other colleges and teaches Japanese hospitality and corporate wellness seminars. He has developed a mindfulness smartphone app called Myalo and supervises JINS MEME ZEN (a mindfulness program using a wearable computing device). His is the first Buddhist temple in Japan to publicly offer same-sex wedding ceremonies, and he has been a member of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, since 2008. His 2015 TED Talk "How mindfulness can help you to live in the present" has been viewed by over 100,000 people.
Takafumi Kawakami's TED Talk "How mindfulness can help you to live in the present"
"John Einarsen's photos capture not only the physical charm of Kyoto's Zen temples, but the philosophy and sense of beauty that underly them..." --Alex Kerr, author of Lost Japan and Another Kyoto
"Comprehensive, concise, and immensely satisfying, this book makes a grand visual guide and spiritual companion for visits to Kyoto....Whether new to Kyoto or resident in the city, the reader will find moments of pleasure and inspiration in this book." --Eisho Nasu, Professor of Buddhism, Ryukoku University, Kyoto
"For those who are new to Zen, this is a perfect guide to Kyoto's wealth of gardens and temples. And even for a Japanese Zen priest like myself, it offers a different and new way of appreciating Zen in the city. This is highly recommended for those who want to go deeper into the Zen world." --Reverend Daiko Matsuyama, Taizo-in Temple, Kyoto
"Not only is this a cultural, rather than a spiritual guide, but there is information about gardens, monastic grounds and buildings, temple histories, Zen practice, restaurants and even music...This is too an exhaustive compendium of Zen temples and gardens in the great city of Kyoto, making it an indispensable guide for visitors as well as for students, researchers, and residents alike." --George A. Keyworth, Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions, University of Saskatchewan
"Einarsen's luminous, intimate photographs and Dougill's concise and penetrating historical perspective combine to create a sublime, grounded, indispensable volume. Whether you love Zen, Asian beauty, or Kyoto, this is a book to treasure, a book you must own." --Grace Jill Shireson, Zen priest and author of Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters
"This is a comprehensive guide to Kyoto's most important Zen gardens and temple sites. Kyoto's Zen heritage represents one of mankind's greatest achievements....Millions of visitors travel to Kyoto yearly in search of their secrets, and here for the first time is a comprehensive overview of every major site." --Buddhism Now
"For anyone unacquainted with Kyoto's Zen heritage, this authoritative and superbly-illustrated book provides an unsurpassed introduction. For those already familiar with the topic, it offers many valuable reminders of the living history that makes Kyoto so uniquely inspirational." --Ken Rodgers, Kyoto Journal