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September 30th, 2016

Japan Tour 2016 | Day 8

By Video and Story by Julie Lurie

  For the early morning risers, a special 5:30am chanting service was available. Chishakuin Temple is the head temple of the Shingon Buddhism Chizan Sect and is the less conventional choice for travelers. It has beautiful Shoheki-ga panel paintings considered national treasures, as well as a beautifully maintained garden. The temple is centered on a […]

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September 30th, 2016

Japan Tour 2016 | Day 7

By Story by Julie Lurie | Photos by David Sand

  Grace descended upon us as we began our morning with group Spriritual Exercises to kick start the day in the Buddhist temple. The Daitokuji Obai-in is a beautifully appointed 450 year-old Buddhist sub-temple within the larger Daitokuji monastery complex. It is the head temple of the school of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Founded in 1319, […]

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September 29th, 2016

Japan Tour 2016 | Day 6

By Videos and Story by Julie Lurie | Photos by David Sand

  As we awoke to a light rain in Tokyo and boarded the bus to Naria Juku, upon arrival we experienced the Japanese torrential rain storm, also known as “typhoon” in Japanese. Nakasendo is the famous and historic road that cuts through the mountains and curves along with the Kiso Valley, connecting Kyoto to the […]

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September 29th, 2016

Japan Tour 2016 | Day 5

By Story and Videos by Julie Lurie | Photos by David Sand

  As we arrived at the Fuji Sanctuary the staff greeted us as if we were royalty. Our beloved Leigh Taylor-Young in 1990 featured the magnificent flag ceremony that the Society of Prayer for World Peace presents around the world and produced this event in the General Assembly at the United Nations. Some of the […]

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September 28th, 2016

Japan Tour 2016 | Day 4

By Story by Julie Lurie | Videos by David Sand

  Stepping out of the taxi onto the grounds of Happo-En Gardens I felt transported into paradise in the middle of Tokyo. Proudly complete with a history of over three hundred years, Happo-en Gardens is an Edo-era attraction once home to important samurai and the founder of the Hitachi Corporation. Nowadays the Happo-en gardens are […]

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September 28th, 2016

Japan Tour 2016 | Day 3

By Videos and Story by Julie Lurie | Photos by David Sand

  We began our day with a tour of Shinjuku. Shinjuku is a historical and cultural development from what was once Shogun’s feudal city to a bustling, modern district of Tokyo. Shinjuku is home to the busiest railway station in the world and is the government center of Tokyo. It is in Shinjuku that you […]

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September 27th, 2016

An Update from John and Leigh in Portugal

By John Morton & Leigh Taylor-Young

From Leigh Taylor-Young: Vincent took John and I to this place that is the western most point of Portugal on the Atlantic Ocean to view the Sunset. It was raw and magnificent, and gathers people in a Silence at the moment of the sunset. It felt like a sacred sharing amongst strangers who come together […]

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This article by John-Roger, DSS, was first published in the New Day Herald, September 1989. You know something about choices; you make them every day. And that’s one of the things about choices … they do have to be made anew every day. You can’t decide that this aspirin is going to handle all your headaches […]

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September 25th, 2016

Japan Tour 2016 | Day 2

By Videos and Story by Julie Lurie | Photos by David Sand

  We began our day with a visit to the Meiji Shrine with John Morton calling in the Light and moving us into morning spiritual exercises. Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine that was established November 1, 1920. Shinto is an ancient religion thought to be the original religion of Japan. In opposed to being […]

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September 24th, 2016

Japan Tour 2016 | Day 1

By Videos and Story by Julie Lurie

  Konichiwa! Welcome to Day 1 of the Zen of the Mystical Traveler Japan Tour 2016. Enjoy the beautiful Palace Hotel Tokyo video Tour and the beauty of the Imperial Palace directly across the street from the Palace Hotel Tokyo. Palace Hotel Tokyo is a historic five star hotel that finds its home in the […]

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