OSPKYOTO 19: Zazen: A Practicum in Zen Meditation (1 Unit)
Born in 1978 in Kyoto, Rev. Matsuyama obtained his Master’s degree in Agriculture and Life Sciences from the University of Tokyo. After three and half years of training at Heirin-ji Temple, Niiza, he became the deputy priest of Taizoin Temple in 2007. He has been a member of Kyoto’s Ambassadors for Tourism since 2011, and was listed as one of “The Top 100 People of the New Generation 2016” in Nikkei Business. Matsuyama was appointed as a fellow of US-Japan Leadership Program from 2016. In 2017, he became a visiting professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. As a young representative of the Zen Sect in Japan, Matsuyama has interacted with many religious leaders, such as having an audience with the Roman Catholic Pope and conversing with the 14th Dalai Lama. He also participated in the Davos World Economic Forum in 2014, and continues to work actively beyond national and religious borders. He is the author of the book, Forget What’s Important First: 30 Zen Teachings for the Wavering Soul (Sekai Bunka Publishing, 2014), Strolling around Zen Gardens in Kyoto (PHP Publishing, 2016), and Introduction of ZEN for workers (Kodansya Publishing, 2016). He received The Award of Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and Shigemitsu Award from Japan society in Boston in 2019. He has taught on the Stanford Kyoto Program since 2018.