Shakyo Sutra Copying Experience in Kyoto

Japanese Calligraphy Class


Shakyo refers to the copying of scriptures in Buddhism and to the scriptures copied.
Its purpose has long been considered for faith, prayer, and charity, but nowadays more and more people are working on Shakyo for the purpose of mental stability.

『十句観音経』“Ten phrases Kannon Sutra”

It was in China that the “Ten phrases Kannon Sutra” became popular, but it was considered a fake sutra (a scripture without a Sanskrit original). In Japan, it was introduced in the early Edo period, but there were rumors of fake sutras, and as it became popular in Japan, sects and monks who started to speak badly appeared.
However, in the middle of the Edo period, it was the famous Zen monk Hakuin who was said to be the founder of Rinzai Munechuko. Shirokage insisted that “Jujo Kannon” actually has a tremendous spiritual experience, so even if it is the work of a writer or a lecturer, it should be highly devout. Shirokaku wanted to say that the merit of the scripture is not in its source but in its heart.

How to read

観世音/Kanzeon 南無仏/Nambutsu
与仏有因/Yobutsuin 与仏有縁/Yobutsuuen
仏法僧縁/Buppousouen 常楽我浄/Jorakugajo
朝念観世音/Chonenkanzeon 暮念観世音/Bonkankanzeon
念念従心起/Nenjushinki 念念不離心/Nennen Furishin  

Calligraphy Experience

Calligraphy Shakyo


including shodo material

Calligraphy Shakyo


Please make your payment in advance for each classes.
Your booking will be completed after your payment has confirmed.
Major credit cards or PayPal are accepted. Currently these are the only payment methods.


About 60 min.


Calligraphy Shakyo

Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellation, cancellation fees will be charged as below;
30%........... 4 - 7 days prior to the class
50%........... 2 - 3 days prior to the class
80%........... the day prior to the class
100%......... the class day
As the activities are hands-on classes, please be careful and responsible for your own safety.
We do not hold any liability for accidents.

Calligraphy Shakyo


For cuisine program, please inform us, in advance, if there are any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or any case where special care is needed when you ask us for availability.