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Summary

The Zen methods from the 700-year old Eihei Temple.  A young monk, who is currently spreading the word of Zen in Berlin, talks about the Buddhist traditions of cooking, eating, and cleaning up, and how they can calm your heart and your soul.

There has been an emphasis on eating since the very beginning of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism.  To be clear though, this doesn’t simply mean that there is an emphasis on food itself.  The preparation, the way you eat, and the way you clean up after meals are all part of what Zen monks refer to as shoku.  The Zen way of shoku is studied and followed just as rigorously as they study sacred texts.

So why all the attention to meals?  Because putting your body and mind at ease while creating harmony with your surroundings is the very foundation of Zen.  The young Zen monk, who is now living and teaching in Europe, will introduce the way of shoku, and will show us how we can apply it to our own lives.

Contents

Eating: How is food enjoyed at a Zen temple?

Preparation: The methods that add to the experience

How changing your eating habits will change your life

Rights Update

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About the Author

Seigaku is a practicing Zen monk. During his time at the Eihei temple, which was built in the 13th century, he was deeply inspired by the rituals around cleaning and eating.

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