Shugendo

Shugendo - the spiritual path of the yamabushi ("one who bows down on the mountain") - is a 1500 year old Japanese religious tradition distilling the profound wisdom teachings of Asia.

Shugendo

Shugendo - the spiritual path of the yamabushi ("one who bows down on the mountain") - is a 1500 year old Japanese religious tradition distilling the profound wisdom teachings of Asia.

Shugendo Practice

Combining esoteric Buddhist practice, Shinto awareness of the sacredness of nature, Daoist teachings, and outdoor asceticism such as mountain pilgrimage and immersion in waterfalls, Shugendo is an intensely embodied path of awakening.

Aside from Rinzai Zen training Korinji also houses Korinji Shugen Dojo, a center for Shugendo practice recognized by Shokai Koshikidake Soke, the Headmaster of the Mt. Koshikidake (Yamagata, Japan) Shugendo tradition. The Zen and Shugendo paths are not mixed at Korinji, but students have the opportunity to pursue whichever suits their needs and interests. Koshikidake Soke has recognized natural areas near Korinji as Shugendo gyoba, or training fields. We conduct frequent training events, including formal Shugendo Mountain Training in Wisconsin.

Shugendo training at Korinji Rinzai Zen community in Wisconsin, USA