Naikan in its original form is a one-week retreat.
Other Naikan offers:
Naikan practice in everyday life:
Naikan in written form, e.g. by E-Mail
Online Naikan Retreat by online-meeting
Naikan by phone
Naikan in combination with other methods:
Naikan in its original form is a one-week
retreat. Intensive Naikan is more than 100 hours of self-reflection in
a quiet place, guided by a Naikan guide.
People who already attended a one-week retreat sometimes continue their practice doing one-day Naikan.
One-day Naikan is also accessible for people without prior Naikan
experience. In this case it is recommended to practice one-day Naikan
during a certain period of time (e.g. a one-day Naikan every month
during one year).
The setting of one-day Naikan is similar as provided in a one-week retreat.
Naikan in written form
Basically you can practice Naikan at home without guidance or a special
setting. Just take some time to do Naikan self-reflection. You can use
a diary to write down the answers you find to the three questions of
Naikan in written form can also be guided by Naikan guides, as it is the case with Online-Naikan.
Naikan practice in everyday life
"One-week Naikan is the beginning, daily Naikan is the aim." These are the words of Naikan's founder Mr. Yoshimoto.
Daily Naikan is a way of life. It's a challenge to integrate Naikan
practice in everyday life using the three questions to cultivate
My personal vision is Naikan in every moment, being aware of my actions
and their consequences in my inner world as well as in the world
Naikan in combination
Kodo-Naikan is a one-year process of self-reflection especially for
manager and business. It was developed by Mr. Takahashi in Japan
and introduced to Austria by Franz Ritter. Kodo-Naikan combines Naikan
with coaching and other elements.
The Jujukinkai retreat is a spiritual practice developed by Reiunken
Shue Usami (1930-2019), a Zen master and Jodo Shin priest at Senkobo temple in
Japan. The setting of a Jujukinkai retreat is in the style of Zen.
Similar to Naikan you examine your own biography but instead of asking
the three questions of Naikan you have a close look on your way of
conduct: following the 10 Jujukinkai as they are described in Buddhism.
For further information about Jujukinkai please click here
How much time should you invest in Naikan practice?
Is a one-week retreat the best Naikan practice?
What are the effects of only one or two days Naikan?
Is it possible to cultivate introspection and inner peace in everyday life?
There is no doubt:
The best way to practice Naikan is a one-week retreat.
You need about two days to adapt to quietness and to be able to leave
everyday life behind. It usually takes another two days to stabilise
inner quietness and to experience deep insight. On the fifth day your
perception might change and you slowly start to see things just as they
are. Problems and solutions fade into the background. Main themes take
In february 2009 a Naikan participant did a three-weeks retreat at
Insightvoice Naikan Training Vienna. Practicing Naikan for a few weeks
allows you to experience deep meditation and whole-hearted insight.
The depth of insight depends on how long you go into silence.
Does this mean that short Naikan is a bad choice?
My answer is no.
Many Naikan participants have teached me that even a one-day Naikan can
be effective, even without prior Naikan experience. It all depends on motivation.
If someone decides to really face his or her attitude towards a person
or a topic, he or she will certainly benefit from Naikan's quietness
and three questions.
All you need is determination. Which is exactly the same determination
you need to cultivate introspection and inner peace in everyday life.
Yes, it is possible, you can do it!