traditional pilgrimage a monk or nun makes from monastery to monastery, literally translated as "to go on foot." The term also applies to the modern practice in Japan of an unsui (novice monk) journeying to seek admittance into a monastery for the first time.These unsui traditionally wear and/or carry a kasa, white cotton leggings, straw sandals, a kesa, a satchel, razor, begging bowls (hachi) and straw raincoat.Considered an aspect of the early monk's training, angya had in ancient times lasted for many years for some.葦の葉に法の方便 'A means of Dharma-conveyance even for a leaf of reed.' Tradition has it that Bodhidharma (Daruma) came to China from India by crossing the sea by a leaf of reed; used to describe the usefulness of an apparently useless thing.
Bokuseki is often characterized by bold, assertive, and often abstract brush strokes meant to demonstrate the calligrapher’s pure state of mind.
The aim in making Bokuseki is to represent ones single-moment awareness by brushing each word or passage with a single breath, ultimately realizing Zen and manifesting ones Zazen practice into physical and artistic action.
precepts are a set of moral codes used in Mahayana Buddhism to advance a practitioner along the path to becoming a Bodhisattva.
In Sōtō Zen, the founder Dōgen established a somewhat expanded version of the Bodhisattva Precepts for use by both priests and lay followers, based on both Brahma Net Sutra and other sources. A Buddha-altar isn't only a place to honor one's ancestors. Sumeru (the mountain at the center of the Buddhist cosmology) is represented and in the center of that area the main image is enshrined.
Sometimes, the meditator will request to be hit by the kyōsaku by making a signal to the godō.)A classification of the seven Chʾan Buddhist schools, during the Tʾang period, which derived from five lineages: (i) Rinzai from Lin-chi I-hsuan (Jap., Rinzai Gigen); (ii) Igyo from Kuei-shan Ling-yu (Jap., Isan Reiyū) and from Yang-shan Hui-chi (Jap., Kyōzan Ejaku); (iii) Sōtō from Tung-shan Liang-chieh (Jap., Tōzan Ryōkai) and from Tsʾao-shan Penchi (Jap., Sōzan Honjaku); (iv) Ummon from Yün-Men Wen-yen (Jap., Ummon Bunʾen); (v) Hogen from Fa-yen Wen-i (Jap., Hogen Bunʾeki)..
Stand upright and bow slightly in gassho from the waist. Bend forward from the waist, touching the floor with your hands (palms up), forearms, and forehead.
In the Rinzai/Obaku sects, the shika is also often appointed as the fusu, who assists the chief priest and supervises the monks. term generally referring to the traditional style of Japanese bedding consisting of padded mattresses (shikibuton = bottom mattress) and quilts (kakebuton = thick quilted bedcover) pliable enough to be folded and stored away during the day.
of Zen Buddhist origin which means "enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity".
In a Sōtō zendō, the monk in charge of the zendō, second to the rōshi.