Sleeep Talking
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Sleeep Talking

Sleep ✕ Meditation

SLEEEP, the wellness+R.E. tech start-up best known to date for its Capsule Living Network, is collaborating with the visionary Zen Monk Ito Toryo to launch a new meditation experience: 雲是 Cloud Sitting

8 x 30

An inaugural meditation series: 8 morning-sittings of 20–30 minutes each, led by the Zen Monk, Vice-abbot of Ryosoku-in, moderated by the co-founder of SLEEEP, situated in the oldest Zen-temple of Kyoto, delivered on the cloud, conducted in Japanese + English.

The series is designed for anyone who wishes to find more peace and mindfulness and to meet virtually with a global community amid this morbid time. We believe many of us need this right now.

The sessions will be conducted 4 days a week, for two weeks in a row.
starting concurrently in
Tue — Fri starting from 4/21 JPT 8:30–9:00 am

Tue — Fri starting from 4/21 HKT 7:30–8:00 am

Mon — Thu starting from 4/20 PST 4:30–5:00 pm , EST 7:30–8:00 pm

*Check-in time: 10-minutes before starting.

Who Will Lead the Series?

Toryo Ito Sensei is the young unorthodox vice Abbot of Ryosoku-in, Kenin-ji, one of the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. Being recognized as a visionary monk through his innovative approach to Zen practice and diverse cultural collaborations with world-class artists and designers, he has been invited by universities and corporates around the world to teach about zen, meditation, and happiness.

I, the co-founder of SLEEEP, will be moderating the series. Aside from my traction in the design and technology fields, I have been a zen seeker for the better part of my life. Through chanced encounter and genuine exchanges, I became the Artist in Residence of Ryosoku-in, a student, a friend and eventually a family-in-dharma of Toryo-sensei.

Toryo-sensei’s teaching was unlike any that I have experienced in other groups, blending centuries of wisdom with contemporary topics, mystic postures with physiological logic.

It is my greatest pleasure to share inspirations. It is my greatest hope that this meditation series could be inspiring for you, as I have experienced it myself.

Why Not an App or Video?

There are great apps and videos/audios for guided meditation these days. I have tried a number of them as well. Here’s why we believe this series will be different:

  1. The environment
    The series will be filmed live at Ryosoku-in, with the environment perfected for meditation over the centuries. The quality of the aged wood and the atmosphere is more powerful than the recorded sounds of chipping birds.
  2. Interaction
    Attendees could ask questions through chat and one will be selected to be asked live for each session. In response, each day a thoughtful question, as part of the Zen tradition, will be asked for you to take home, ponder upon and put into practice. They may be encouraging, meaningful, or fun!
  3. Community
    I have the unforgettable experiences of a community sitting together multiplying the energy, compared with sitting alone. This Sitting on the Cloud could be considered a global experiment, designed for an historical time.

How much will It cost?

We genuinely want to let as many people as possible be able to experience this series, thus we have decided that there would be no fees associated with joining. We do ask for a pay-as-you-wish gesture to support our operating costs if the series is of value to your life.

Sign up for free now to receive the webinar link prior to the events.

In the meantime, learn more about SLEEEP and Ryosoku-in by following the links below:

About SLEEEP // Ryosoku-in




A collection of essays, poems and notes glued together by the honey-heavy dew of slumber.

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