May 15, 2016

Zen-monk: Engaku-ji

In the front court of the Shari-den, Zen-monks keep walking calmly in a circle to practice Hokou-zen (Zen-meditation by walking) as one part of the rigorous training called "Sessin."

"Sessin" is the strict discipline of the Zen-sect in which Zen-monks must continue to perform Za-zen meditation by day and by night within a fixed period of time in spring.

The word of "Sessin" means the ultimate unification of human scattered mind.

The fresh green leaves are purely shining in the sun as if to imply the serene, evergreen mind of a Zen-monk.

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