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Zen and Japanese Gardens

By Daiko Matsuyama

Registration for My Japanese Garden - European Association members only

Date and Time

From Sun, Dec 13, 2020 06:00 PM - Sun, Dec 13, 2020 07:00 PM (GMT+09:00)

Cost (pre-payed on PayPal)


Event's Details

Zen has had great influence on Japanese culture - tea ceremony, calligraphy, many martial arts - and Japanese gardens have also been influenced by Buddhism, especially Zen.

Daiko Matsuyama will introduce us the basic teachings of Zen and characteristics of Japanese gardens and the relations between them.

About the Speaker

Daiko Matsuyama, Deputy Head Priest of Taizoin Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan holds inter-faith dialogue as one powerful strategy that can bring our disparate world together. As a first step, Matsuyama encourages us to respect other religions as equal in value to our own religions and beliefs. Far from the stereotypical image of the secluded, meditating monk, Matsuyama seeks to spread the teachings of Buddhism throughout the world.

After hosting a G8 Summit Sherpa Meeting in 2008, Matsuyama was appointed as a Visit Japan Goodwill Ambassador as well as a Kyoto Travel Omotenashi Ambassador. He also visited the Vatican as a representative of Buddhist priests, and participated in Ekiden In Luxembourg.

This year he helped organize the interfaith leaders’ Ekiden in Kyoto and attended The World Economic Forum as a young Japanese leader. Both in Japan and internationally Matsuyama seeks to teach the importance of communication in building a peaceful future.