Bishamon-do Shorinji

Sutra & Image Copying

Find the spirit of Buddha within the silence.
Refresh your body and mind as you become absorbed in copying sutras and Buddhist images.

Sutra & Image Copying

What are sutras?

The sutras were originally Buddha’s sermons. Passed down through oral tradition since around 1BCE, the teachings were first copied onto palm leaves in India. The earliest written evidence of the sutras in Japan can be found in Nihon Shoki
(Chronicles of Japan), compiled in 674.

The benefits of copying sutras
  • Better posture, a settled body and mind,
    and more composed movements
  • Cleansed mind
  • Refreshed facial expression
  • Better concentration
  • More patience
  • Better handwriting
  • Less stress
  • Improved natural healing powers
Fee: 1,500 yen per person
Duration: approx. 60 minutes or more
  • Explanation of the necessary mental attitude
  • Recitation of the Heart Sutra
  • Purification of the body and mind with incense
  • Sutra copying
  • Matcha green tea and sweets

What is Buddhist Image Copying?

Participants lay thin sheets of washi paper over uncolored, outlines of genuine Buddhist images and copy them.
This activity brings you closer to the figure of Buddha.


Beginner Buddhist Images
Dainichi Nyorai (Sun Buddha), Amida Nyorai (Buddha of Infinite Light and Life), 1,000-armed Kannon Bodhisattva (Goddess of Mercy), Seishi Bodhisattva (Bodhisattva of Strength), Kokuzo Bodhisattva (Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Memory), Monju Bodhisattva (Lord of Wisdom), Fugen Bodhisattva (Bodhisattva of Practice), Fudo Myo-o (Personification of Amida Nyorai)
Fee: 1,500 yen (incl. matcha green tea and sweets)
Intermediate Level Images
(Twelve Deva Guardians)
Taishakuten (Guardian of the East, Lord of Deva), Bishamonten (Guardian of the North, Wealth), Katen (Fire Deva), Enmaten (Guardian of the South; Underworld), Rasetsuten (Demons), Suiten (Guardian of the West, Water Deva), Futen (Wind Deva), Ishanaten (Dharma), Bonten (Heaven Deva), Jiten (Earth Deva), Nitten (Sun Deva), Gatten (Moon Deva)
Fee: 2,500 yen (incl. matcha green tea and sweets)