What to Expect
Visiting 3 Zen temples, you may realize Buddhism is faraway from a Western definition of religion but it is closer to science of mind. To know the concept of Buddhist teachings seems to be very important to understand Japanese mentality and behavior. You will know the history of 3 temples and reasons why they were built in Kamakura era, which was started in 1192 as the first samurai administrative organization in Japan.
In Engaku-ji, there is video showing how severely Zen monks are trained in order to improve mental strength to reach an enlightenment stage.
You will experience the importance of calm and tranquil mind while watching the pond in Zen garden from the veranda of Hojo.
In Kencho-ji, you may try how to sit for Zazen, sitting meditation at Hojo, after visiting to see sculptures and paintings in the series of temple structures.
"YAGURA" is a short of burial cave, which was the same as grave and peculiar in the Kamakura region. You will find special tomb stones there.