There has never been any charge for the Buddha’s Teachings. However, there
is a suggested contribution of 2000 yen per day for weekend or ten-day
courses, which is put towards the cost of food and accommodation.
Wholesome and tasty vegetarian food is provided, and those who follow a diet for medical reasons will be accommodated as far as possible.
For a person who is genuinely interested, meditation (including Noble Silence) is not difficult. If one follows the instructions diligently, one can be sure of tangible results. The day’s schedule is neither too severe nor too relaxed but follows the Middle Path. Sayagyi U Ba Khin taught his students to work with “zestful ease”.
No, you only need an open mind and a willingness to follow the instructions.
Anapana weekend courses are held and it is also possible to come just for the anapana days of a ten-day course to practice the first two steps of morality and concentration.