Whew! A little downtime, and who knew Japanese baths could be so relaxing! We landed in Yokohama the day before yesterday, and made it to Kyoto late yesterday evening. We took the Shinkansen (“bullet train”) which made for a very smooth and swift ride.
Last night we stayed in a Buddhist temple, which was a simply fabulous experience. A few others of our SAS family were with us, and we enjoyed a wonderful hot pot meal together I
this tiny family restaurant. The proprietor had a guitar, and so we made am evening of it, singing American folk songs of the 60s until all the food was consumed.
This morning we participated in a meditation session, followed by a tour of the temple. According to Rev. Kawakami, the Vice-Abbot of the shrine, there are three main principles of Zen Buddhism: focus on the now, the middle path, and compassion. His exposition of “focus on the now” sounds a lot like what we in the West would call systems thinking, and bears looking into.