The Rōkoan hermitage arose to meet the needs of practitioners, both in Kyoto and from abroad, seeking to further their practice. Practicing here is a precious chance to devote ourselves wholeheartedly and, whenever others are present, do what we can to support their practice while living together in harmony. Zen practice is the core, zazen is the natural focus: several hours of concentrated sitting – on your own or with others – every day. There is the opportunity for regular one-on-one. It is not a guest house, it is not a monastery.
“Buddhist practice is, in a word, getting to the bottom of who and what we are. Actually penetrating, seeing through, what we call self. Not thinking, feeling, or having profound ideas about it, but actually getting to the bottom of it.”
Jeff Shore, ‘Being Without Self’.