There are three important elements in Zen meditation: calmness of mind, awareness of physical sensations, and observation of interactions between your physical body and social and physical environments. In our programs, you can learn not only how to meditate but also about Buddhist philosophy and history. Our programs focus on how you can incorporate Zen philosophy and meditation into your daily life as a self-cultivation practice. We will start with the introduction of Zen Buddhism and well-being. Then, we will practice a guided meditation and non-guided meditation. Then, we develop the discussion on “concepts” and “direct experiences” in Zen and Eastern philosophical traditions. We end with Q&A time.
Reverend Takafumi Kawakami
Shunkoin Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Reverend Takafumi Kawakami is the deputy head priest of Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto and annually teaches Zen meditation classes and retreats in English to 5,000 – 5,500 visitors at the temple. The participants include various business school groups, including HBS, INSEAD, IESE, Sloan, and so on. He co-organises and co-hosts long-term study abroad programs in Kyoto with various universities from the United States.
He teaches Japanese hospitality classes to employees from the sales and marketing departments from Toyota’s global offices and holds corporate wellness seminars and workshops for several corporations in Japan and the United States. His travels and talks have taken him to MIT, Brown University, Microsoft, TEDxKyoto, Mind & Life Institute’s ISCS & IRI, Eton College, and others. He is a member of the US-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP) by the United States-Japan Foundation.