As part of a temple stay (shukubo) at Taiyo-ji temple, you get the chance to copy the Heart Sutra. Sutra copying, or shakyo in Japanese, is the practice of hand copying the Buddhist Heart Sutra text and is a devotional practice, including worship, literature, and calligraphy. No calligraphy experience or knowledge of kanji is required.
It was really amazing to participate in temple life for a day!
Shot on KODAK TRI-X film at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution H for 11 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.
- Aperture: ƒ/3.5
- Camera: PENTAX 645NII
- Focal length: 150mm
- ISO: 400
- Shutter speed: 1/30s