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Japanese Zen Monks

Japanese Zen Monks

"The shakuhachi flute is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen  (blowing meditation).  Originally introduced from China into Japan in the 8th century and underwent a resurgence in the early Edo Period."  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGLACie61-Q

"The shakuhachi flute is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (blowing meditation). Originally introduced from China into Japan in the 8th century and underwent a resurgence in the early Edo Period." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGLACie61-Q

The "bib" worn by the Japanese monk is a rakusu, a garment unique to the Zen school that may have originated among Ch'an monks in China sometime after the T'ang Dynasty. Generally in Zen, the rakusu may be worn by all monks and priests, as well as laypeople who have received jukai ordination. The monks' straw hat is worn to partly cover his face during the alms ritual, or takahatsu, so that he and those who give him alms do not see each others' faces. This represents the perfection of giving…

The "bib" worn by the Japanese monk is a rakusu, a garment unique to the Zen school that may have originated among Ch'an monks in China sometime after the T'ang Dynasty. Generally in Zen, the rakusu may be worn by all monks and priests, as well as laypeople who have received jukai ordination. The monks' straw hat is worn to partly cover his face during the alms ritual, or takahatsu, so that he and those who give him alms do not see each others' faces. This represents the perfection of giving…

Japan - Komuso monk with shakuhachi flute and basket hat

Japan - Komuso monk with shakuhachi flute and basket hat

lostsiddhartha:  Komusō (虚無僧): “priest of nothingness” / “monk of emptiness”.  Japan

lostsiddhartha: Komusō (虚無僧): “priest of nothingness” / “monk of emptiness”. Japan

Komuso “Basket” monks -  A Komusō (虚無僧) was a Japanese monk during the Edo period. Komusō were characterised by the straw basket (Tengai) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego. They are also known for playing solo pieces on the Shakuhachi flute. The Japanese government introduced reforms after the Edo period, abolishing the sect: Komusō means ”priest of nothingness” or “monk of emptiness” - Zen

Komuso “Basket” monks - A Komusō (虚無僧) was a Japanese monk during the Edo period. Komusō were characterised by the straw basket (Tengai) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego. They are also known for playing solo pieces on the Shakuhachi flute. The Japanese government introduced reforms after the Edo period, abolishing the sect: Komusō means ”priest of nothingness” or “monk of emptiness” - Zen

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