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Trips are 4th Sunday in January and 4th Sunday in July and you receive 10 hours of the 50 hours of classes in Japan
Deep: This is the intial experience which begins on a Friday (you fly in by Friday and do remember you lose a day due to the date line) and you depart on Wednesday...the entire trip time is about 7 days. You fly into Fukuoka Japan (Island of Kyushu) and are met by a guide and translator; you stay in a hotel and meet the group and see a few sites on Saturday morning. (More sightseeing however can be done beforehand or after.) Then you take the train to Saga, home of the Place of Jyouka (Sacred Space of an Enlightened Seimei) and register for the Enlightenment Ceremony on Sunday. You will be a member of the Houjyushu Houjyukai temple and can visit any of ten temples throughout your lifetime. A member of goodstanding pays annual dues (currently about $110.) Special ceremonies and festivals deepen your practice at these temples, and the main temples are in Saga. On Wednesday, you can depart or go deeper. There are many experiences in these four days. All deepen the connection with the divine and your own Seimei. They are structured and everything moves quickly-this is Japan! The entire experience is profound, sacred, and helpful to living a full and wonderful life. Many members return to Japan after their first experience.
Deeper: This journey extends the initial experience through the following Tuesday (1st Tuesday of the month), so seekers have time to integrate their first experiences, rest or sightsee on their own, and then return to the temple to receive their own hand-scribed Gohonzon, or Sacred Altar Scroll. Students pay for this scroll and keep it in their home or business to chant to and help organize the space in a more sacred manner. During the week, students are welcome at the Temple. Students may leave to take a train out to Fukuoka Tuesday afternoon and fly out the following Wednesday. This trip is about 14 days. Many people choose this option to experience more of Japan, integrate all their experiences, and return with their Gohonzon.
Deepest: This journey extends the trip to the following Monday. Students partake the full Seimei experience which shows the depth and context of Seimei by going to the Festival and participating in personal ceremonies, strengthening their relationships to members and to the sacred Place of Jyouka. Time: About 19 days
The Festival at the big temple is the first Sunday of the month.
Returning students usually select the "Deepest" Journey and fly in to chant, do practical and go to the Festival.They sometimes fly in early to receive their Gohonzons (you can obtain one for the home and the business) and then stay for the special festivals. Each experience changes you and your Seimei through the processes of transmission, practice, and attendance.
Students must go through an interview and be worked on several times to apply to go to Japan.
Enjoy your Journey to Japan-they are all wonderous!