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Zen RitualStudies of Zen Theory in Practice$
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Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304671.001.0001

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 Meditation in Motion: Textual Exegesis in the Creation of Ritual

 Meditation in Motion: Textual Exegesis in the Creation of Ritual

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(p.223) 8 Meditation in Motion: Textual Exegesis in the Creation of Ritual
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Zen Ritual
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David E. Riggs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304671.003.0009

Chapter 8 seeks to uncover the historical origins of kinhin, the ritual of walking meditation as it has been practiced in the Sōtō school of Japanese Zen. Practiced today between periods of zazen, the Sōtō style of kinhin entails an exceptionally slow pace of walking in order to coordinate each step with a full cycle of respiration. Although Sōtō monks typically attribute this practice to the founding figure, Dōgen and his teacher in China, Riggs finds the origins of the practice considerably later than this in the eighteenth century Sōtō leader Menzan Zuihō's writings, the Kinhinki, a brief text describing the practice of kinhin, and the Kinhinkimonge, a commentary connecting this practice to traditional Buddhist texts.

Keywords:   Sōtō Zen, Menzan Zuihō, kinhin, walking meditation, inhinki

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