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The Way of Eiheiji: Zen-Buddhist Ceremony

Various Artists
The Way of Eiheiji: Zen-Buddhist Ceremony Taken from fourteen hours of recordings, The Way of Eiheiji provides a generous introduction to Japanese Zen Buddhist ceremonies. The rituals and daily tasks performed at the Eiheiji (temple of Great Peace) include zazen (a type of seated meditation), chanting Buddhist scriptures, performing manual labor, and ceremonies including the Fire Protection Ceremony for the temple’s safety. Gongs, drums, and bells are commonly used at the temple, and all three can be heard on the track “Time-Telling Drum and Gong.” Liner notes include a description of different types of Japanese Buddhism and a glossary.