Feel gratitude and pray
There are no specific rules of visiting Kongoji Zen Temple. In what way you visit the temple and in which order you visit the different buildings is up to each person. As long as the visit is made by heart, there is no specific rule to follow. Even if there are no rules there are a few simple manners which can be followed if one decides to.
Visiting the main sanctuary
Visiting the side sanctuaries
Visiting the ancestors
Visiting the temple bell
There are different explanations why people ring the temple bell:
- It sound will clear once mind for those who hit the bell and those who heard the sound of it.
- With the sound of the temple bell once feelings will reach the ancestors.
- The sound of the bell will reach to different parts of the world and will make people aware of the truth of existence.