Kyoto l Zen

I think I now have a better idea of what zen feels like.

For me, it’s that feeling of being at peace with everything – people, things and activities – in spite of what is happening around you.  No expectations from anything, anyone (even yourself or rather your super ego).

For me, it all started with a visit to Ginkakuji…

Ginkakuji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion) Ginkakuji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion) IMG_5765 (1024x768)

Was a joy to walk around the Silver Pavilion which was not a huge compound, just breathing in the fresh air and taking in the scenery.

Ginkakuji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion) Ginkakuji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion)

Then a walk down Philosopher’s Path under a drizzle. Spotted temples, residential and some shops along the way – popped in at times to  hide from the getting-heavy drizzle.

Philosopher's Path (哲学の道, Tetsugaku no michi)

And finally Yudofu at Junsei Restaurant. Never imagined that the tofu menu can be so varied, creative and delicious, especially under wet circumstances (like walking in the rain prior).

Yudofu Yudofu, Junsei Restaurant Yudofu, Junsei Restaurant Yudofu, Junsei Restaurant

And it was zen despite the on-off drizzle before the typhoon started to descend in the next two days.

Come to think of it, holidays are probably times when we come close to zen. In an unfamiliar place where there are more strangers than acquaintances, we immerse in a new culture and see new sights, away from digital disruptions (or should I say less? Impossible to have zero technology these days) and from people/matters that demand our attention in life.

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About cyndichan

Write for a living. Live for travel, run and art. Just back from chasing the cherry blossoms in Tokyo!
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2 Responses to Kyoto l Zen

  1. These photos are incredible.

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