Zenways Japan Trip 2020

“Think of how someone wrings out a wet towel with all his or her might and then releases. Our lives should be like this. For without a doubt it is through maintaining the right balance of intensity in our practice and of relaxation – sitting back and enjoying life – that genuine understanding develops.”



Annual Zenways Japan Trip – 2020

  • A 5-day Zen retreat (sesshin) in Nara prefecture, the spiritual heartland of Japan, followed by site-seeing and cultural activities around Japan. We’ll be visiting Kyoto, Nara, and central Japan this year.

Dates: Please plan to arrive in Japan on Monday, June 22 or Tuesday, June 23. The retreat starts the evening of June 23. Departure is July 3.

Cost: $2795

Contact: for a trip info packet and to register please email bluecliffzen@gmail.com

More information can also be found at the Zenways Website

2020 will be our 11th year! Here are some photos from the past:


A photo of gyokuryuji temple in japan, where the group stayed during the Japan trip.Photo of the Japan trip group in front of a shrine and waterfall in Seki, Japan.Image of a shrine in Kyoto - Fushimi Inari - that we visited during our Japan trip in 2014.Image of Daizan Roshi doing waterfall practice at Hazuma Fudo-san during the site-seeing portion of our Japan trip in 2014.Image of a shrine at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan that we visited during our 2014 Japan Trip.


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