Soto Zen Buddhism, Daihonzan Eiheiji

Daihonzan Eiheiji

The great Japanese Zen master Dogen Zenji founded one of the most influential temples in Japan, which is a leading training center for the Soto Zen school of Buddhism.

This short film, which appears to be an official video of the Temple, describes the Temple and the work that is carried out by the monks there on a daily basis.

There is a lot of information on various aspects of the Temple, including its history, the seven major structures and the role they play in the life of the monks.

We then follow the monks through their daily routine of meditation and work in the temple, with snippets from Dogen’s teachings illustrating the various activities.

It’s a short film but manages to pack quite a lot of information into its small compass, but as always, we are left wanting to know more.


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