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Der japanische Garten

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The Teaching of Buddha

“The Teaching of Buddha” is a collection of Buddhist teachings and not only contains the significant essence of the more than 5,000 sutras transmitted in Japan, but also includes selections from the Pali sutras transmitted to southern Asia. We have compiled these teachings into an easy-to-understand book so that everyone can receive these teachings, with or without any prior understanding of Buddhism.

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About Us

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恵光In 1993 in Niederkassel, a suburb of Düsseldorf, a Japanese cultural centre was opened: the EKÔ-House. The foundation stone had been laid in 1988 by Yehan Numata, the founder of the Mitutyo Society and of the "Society for Buddhist Understanding".

As a city whose Japanese presence is among the largest in Europe , the choice of Düsseldorf as location for the cultural centre was no accident. With the centre, Japanese living in the region are in the rare situation of being able to practice and cultivate the familiar customs of their own culture. But also, the people of the region, with a very different cultural background, have thereby the unique opportunity of learning about these customs, and to themselves participate in them.

The events offered include: the celebration of Buddhist festivals, tea ceremonies, garden fêtes with musical or theatrical performances, music events, reading and working circles for fundamental Buddhist texts, exhibitions, introductory courses in traditional Japanese arts (such as brush painting, calligraphy, Ikebana, instrumental music, dancing and cooking), lectures and lecture series, film presentations, and discussion circles on current themes.

Buddhismus (Instruction)

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仏教Buddhism with its various schools has occupied a leading role in the history of Japanese culture. The EKŌ belongs to the school of Shin-Buddhism, Jōdoshin-shū, which goes back to Shinran (1173-1262). It in turn emerged from Pure Land Buddhism, a direction which formed in the 2nd century A.D. within the Mahāyāna. Shin-Buddhism is not nearly as well-known in the west as Zen-Buddhism, but in Japan it is the school with the largest number of adherents.

The teaching of the historical Bhudda Shakyamuni has the aim of leading humanity, through demanding practices, stepwise away from self-attachment, so that, free from the desires which produce suffering, they can attain to the stillness of Nirvana, and so themselves become a Buddha, "one who is awakened". For Mahāyāna Buddhism, which became widespread in China and Korea, and from there in Japan, an intermediary figure became significant: the Bodhisattva. He is "one who is awakening", that is, about to attain the highest enlightenment, that of a Buddha, but out of compassion and sympathy dedicates himself to salvating other creatures from their suffering. "

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e-Books „GUIDE TO BUDDHISM IN JAPAN”

An introductory book of Buddhism in Japan. It is very useful for those who will be visiting temples in Japan.

Guided Tours

The EKŌ-House consists of a Buddhist temple, a Japanese garden, a house in the traditional style, with tea room, and, in the basement of the main building, an exhibition space or lecture room, two seminar rooms, and a hall for larger events. A further building, the Kyōsei-kan, completed in 1999, houses an international kindergarden and a public library with archive, reading room and guest rooms.

We offer different types of guided tours for different groups and numbers of people.

Guided tours are unfortunately not possible until further notice.

For further information please contact:
Michael Kuhl
0211-577918 ext. -222
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The Japanese Garden

Der japanische Garten

The temple grounds are entered through the "Mountain Gate" - also referred to as the "Triple-Gate". Donated by Jusha Tsumura in 1995, it is dedicated to the Buddha as Doctor-King. From the gate, the path through the garden first passes a Purification Basin. The garden is of the "Pure Land" type, and so itself a ritual place. Here it has been designed as a dry garden: waterfall, the course of the stream, pool and stream banks are all shown just with stones: "dry." Nevertheless, for special occasions it is also possible to flood the "water"-area.

Opposite the Mountain Gate, on the other side of the garden, on a boulder under a pavilion, stands a statue of Prince Shōtoku (Shōtoku Taishi, 574-622), donated to the EKŌ-House in 2002 by the prominent contemporary sculpter Wakei Nagaoka. It was in the reign of Shōtoku that Buddhism came to Japan, and he made major contributions to its becoming widespread there.

Der japanische Garten

One hour before major celebrations, the heavy bronze bell in the bell-tower is struck, in all ten times, at intervals of one minute. On the last day of the year the Joya-no-kane is performed: the bell is struck 108 times, also at one minute intervals, to drive away and scatter the 108 fundamental sufferings of humanity.

On the west side of the temple is a site of remembrance for the dead, buried there according to Shin-Buddhist ritual. The inscription in Chinese characters reads, in the Japanese pronunciation, "Kue issho": "All gather together at a single place."

The outstanding construction in the building complex is the temple. The ground floor of its main hall is built after the Jōdo-shin Temple in Utsunomiya (north of Tōkyō).

Academic Programmes

  • House of Apprenticies for Thinking Religion

    Scientific Studies

    The core matter of the „House of Apprentices for Thinking Religion“ is thinking the oneness of religion along the ways of the difference of cultures. This endeavor would neither like to compare cultures nor to mix them together.

  • Scientific Studies - BDK-Grant

    BDK-Grant

    The BDK Grant is meant for candidates below the age of 40 who are plannig to enroll for a scientific buddhological research programme at a Japanese university or some different institution in Japan in preparing their dissertation projects. Applications from interested parties of Japanese nationality will not be allowed for.

About Us

  • About us
    • About Us

      In 1993 in Niederkassel, a suburb of Düsseldorf, a Japanese cultural centre was opened: the...

    • Buddhismus (Instruction)

      Buddhism with its various schools has occupied a leading role in the history of Japanese culture....

    • EKŌ-Kindergarden

      A warm welcome! Konnichi wa! Our international kindergarten is a German–Japanese co–educative...

    • EKŌ-Temple

      In the middle of the altar room, on the same axis as the second section of the garden path, stands a...

    • Guided Tours

      The EKŌ-House consists of a Buddhist temple, a Japanese garden, a house in the traditional style,...

    • Library

      Situated in the Kyōsei–kan building, the library was opened to the general public in 2001. It...

    • Publication

      For our publication please see Publikationen (in German)   The Teaching of Buddha “The Teaching of...

    • The Japanese Garden

      The temple grounds are entered through the "Mountain Gate" - also referred to as the...

    • The Japanese House

      The standard construction unit of what was previously the guesthouse is the Tatami-mat (just 90 x...