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Zazen Hall and Paintings of Eiheiji

Eiheiji Guide 05: Ceiling decorated with 230 paintings

This photo story is to guide you step-by-step as you explore Eiheiji Temple in Fukui, the Zen temple of 'Eternal Peace'. The fifth leg of the guide focuses mainly on two buildings, 'Sanshōkaku (Reception Hall)' and 'Sō-dō (Zazen Hall or Monk's Hall)'. In Sanshōkaku, you can see 230 beautiful paintings drawn by 144 distinguished Japanese painters on the ceiling of a spacious room. 'Sō-dō (Zazen Hall or Monk's Hall)' is the place where trainee monks practice Zen every day, and this building is one of the seven important buildings of Eiheiji Temple (Shichido Garan). And don't be surprised, the second of the seven important buildings is 'Tōsu (Toilet)'. Please read in the photo caption why it's important!

For other photos, please see these other photo stories, a detailed history, this article, and the other entries to this guide, the links below.

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Silent Path to Eiheiji Temple

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Small Shrines at Eiheiji Temple

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Buddha Hall of Eiheiji Temple 15

Buddha Hall of Eiheiji Temple

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Dharma Hall of Eiheiji Temple 9

Dharma Hall of Eiheiji Temple

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Classic Gate of Eiheiji Temple 9

Classic Gate of Eiheiji Temple

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Graceful Pagoda of Eiheiji Temple 9

Graceful Pagoda of Eiheiji Temple

Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 13: Built in 1996, this beautiful two-storied, pagoda can house 1,000,000 sutra written and donated..

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