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In the World of Zen Documentary About Rinzai School

In the World of Zen Documentary

In the World of Zen documentary, also known by original title „Zen no sekai”, is released on 4 November 1986, presents us insight how Zen is lived in a strict monastery order and how it influenced so many things.

In the World of Zen synopsis:

This documentary is concentrated in particular on ”The Rinzai school,” which is is one of three sects of Zen in Japanese Buddhism. Rinzai is the Japanese line of the Chinese Linji school, which was founded by Rinzai Gingen.

As all the great Zen masters, he was firmly based on the Buddhist teachings, conversant with the scriptures, and freely quoting them. But rather than lip-service and routine learning, he demands genuine insight into the scriptures, and a life lived out of this insight.

If at times he seems to deride, it is not the scriptures, but his students, who were apt to piously and tenaciously cling to the words rather than attempt to understand them. Rinzai has the reputation of being extremely fierce and direct.

When he really lashes out, it is to break down attachments to any ideal, and he is addressing seasoned monks. His seeming contradictions are another teaching device to route his students from any complacency. In his Record, he speaks for himself, clearly and decisively.

“When you meet a master swordsman, show him your sword. When you meet a man who is not a poet, do not show him your poem.” – Rinzai Gingen’s quote.

The essential point of Zen (as pointed In the World of Zen documentary) is to be awakened through a direct seeing of our luminous, inherent wisdom-nature. Open and undefiled, free of fabrication, grasping or fear, beyond effort and dualistic fixation – this is the recognition of your “original face”.

In the Rinzai tradition, there are many methods used during zazen, including practices focused on an object such as the breath (susokukan), koan practice and others. As usual, the method will be selected according to the student’s needs. But all Zen students practice zazen.

A complement to zazen is kinhin or walking meditation. Cultivating samadhi while walking serves as a useful bridge between meditation and the normal activities of daily life. Kinhin is also often practiced between sessions of zazen to refresh the body.

“Well, I believe life is a Zen koan, that is, an unsolvable riddle. But the contemplation of that riddle – even though it cannot be solved – is, in itself, transformative. And if the contemplation is of high enough quality, you can merge with the divine. – Tom Robbins’s quote.”

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