Suizen (Blowing zen)
“Suizen” is the practice of Zen using an elongated Kyotaku (Japanese flute) as a tool for Zen meditation. In the 13th Century, a Kokushi, a Buddhist emissary by the name of Hōtōenmei, settled at Kokokuji Temple after returning home from studying in China. While in China he received a shakuhachi as part of his Zen studies. He returned to Japan in the company of the 4th master of the shakuhachi. Through Hōtōenmei, the shakuhachi became linked to Zen and eventually developed
more systematically into “SUIZEN”.
In this program, we will go beyond the concept of Suizen, to study the real foundation of Zen, which is all about controlling the breath.
Zazen (Seated zen)
Ritsuzen (Standing zen)
Hokozen (Walking zen)
Shokuzen (Eating zen)
Iaidō (Way of the Sword)
Jōdō./ Bōjutsu (Way of the Staff)
Shodō (Way of Calligraphy)
Kadō (Way of the flower- flower arranging)
Sadō (Way of Tea)
Kōdō (Way of Incense)
Suibokuga (Ink painting)
Tokiseisaku (Pottery making)
Walking Zen: Walking Zen is learning to focus on all the nerves of the feet.
Shokuzen: Focusing on being thankful for the blessings of Mother Nature and being grateful for all the nourishment she provides.
Ritsuzen: Be like a tree and plant oneself firmly.
The Way of Tea: Sado Through an introduction to the Tea Ceremony, one will learn about the principals of Wabi (restraint, quiet) and Sabi (elegant simplicity), the art of hospitality and Wa-Kei-Sei-Jaku (harmony, respect, purity, tranquility)
Kadō (Way of the flower- flower arranging): Learning to harmonize with Nature and to express the concept of Zen through flower arranging.
Kōdō (Way of Incense) An ancient art that seeks a spiritual calm through ‘listening” to various
Buyō (Dance): By exposure to traditional Japanese dance forms, one will learn abut the breath, how to understand the body in motion.
Suibokuga (Ink painting) : By exposure to the beauty of ink painting, one will learn how to express oneself through this medium.
Tōkiseisaku (Pottery making): By exposure to this art form, one will learn how to express his/her state of mind through clay. It is interesting to note that the ceramic arts have been adopted by the Medical field in Japan as one type of occupational therapy.