Mount Tremper, home of Zen Mountain Monastery, is also called Tenkozan or “Heavenly Light Mountain.” This incense, made in Japan exclusively for The Monastery Store, will evoke images of the Monastery zendo in the early morning as a group of practitioners silently welcomes the dawn of a new day.
The Sampler includes one box each of Seito, Soko, and Taido incense. Seito and Taido include 90 sticks; Soko has 45 sticks. Approximately 25-minute burn time.
I have the usual Zen practitioner's 46 boxes of nice Shoyeido and other Japanese incense (a number of which I've found here and nowhere else, such as the Ranshuko Temple Incense, which is VERY occasionally available from one or two European distributors who may or may not deign to ship to the US this week and it'll cost you a very pretty penny, as will having a few of 'em shipped from Japan, as I have done), and like all of them. I'm a bit of a Genji and collect the stuff - everyone needs a collection of something totally impermanent that will all ultimately go up in smoke! These are all TRULY unique and incredibly interesting scents, not quite like anything else. One is a nice aloeswood, but with some unidentifiable secret sauces, one lovely dry woody one, and one very sandalwood scented, but all with their own original twists, nothing "conventional" about any of them. Whoever the monastery worked with to develop these custom scents done good! These are my "special mood" incenses, worth every penny, and absolutely worth sitting down for a formal mon-koh session the minute you get the package! I'm in the habit of bringing a few sticks of something unusual to Sangha for special occasions, and one of these is often my pick. I get asked where I found 'em!