NISSOKAN(Meditation on the setting sun)
- NO KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. FEEL THE BUDDHA JUST BY WATCHING THE SETTING SUN.
- Nissokan is the most simple Buddhist meditation method. It can be practiced anywhere, anytime. By gazing at the setting sun in the west and visualizing the Paradise of the Pure Land in the glowing sky, you can feel the teachings of the Buddha.
Among a number of Buddhist practices is Nissokan, a meditation method for envisioning the Paradise of the Pure Land by watching the setting sun in the west. As the Buddhist paradise Pure Land is understood to be in the west, viewing the western sun with a calm mind is essential for looking into your soul. Nissokan gained popularity not only among monks but also among ordinary people, as it is so simple and effortless that it can be practiced anywhere, anytime. The glow of the setting sun also helps us reflect on all kinds of matters with greater depth.
Sai-mon (West gate), an important cultural property near the entrance of the Kiyomizu-dera grounds, is a sacred place for Nissokan. It is also known as one of the best places to view the sunset in Kyoto. At dusk, many visitors stop around here to meditate on the glowing western sky.