Welcome To "Eiheiji"

 Eiheiji, the "temple of eternal peace" is one of Soto Zen's two head temples.  It is located deep in the mountains near the rugged west coast of Japan, not far from Fukui City.
 Dogen zenji, the founder of Eiheiji, was born in 1200 A.D. When he was 24, he went to China and devoted himself to true Zen practice under the strict guidance of Nyojo zenji at Mt. tendo.  After having "dropped off both body and mind, "realizing the way of the Buddha, he returned home in 1228.  He lived at Kenninji temple for 3 yers, then founded his first temple, Kosho-Horinji, in Uji, Kyoto.

 In 1244 Dogen zenji and his followers visited Shii-no-sho in Echizen (now Fukui prefecture) to build a mountain temple. He was offered land and other help for this by Yoshisige Hatano, a samurai who was one of his most devoted lay followers. Dogen thus founded Eiheiji, where he devoted himself to training his followers in the perfection of Zen practice in every action of daily life.

 He died on September 29, 1253, leaving a number of noted books including the Shobogenzo, Gakudo Yojinshu, and Eihei Dai Shingi.

 Dogen zenji's authentic Zen has been scrupulously observed by his successors. Even today, both priests and lay people devote themselves to his practice of Shikan-taza ("just sitting").

Message from Dogen Zenji
Eiheiji's Buildings


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"Daihonzan Eiheiji copyright 1988 Yoshidagun, Fukui pref, Japan".

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Eiheiji International Department

"5-15 Shihi Eiheiji-cho Yoshida-gun Fukui pref"
Japan 910-1294

TEL 0776-63-3640     FAX 0776-63-3631

since Nov.08,1998