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Unsui : a diary of Zen monastic life

Author: 西村, 恵信(1933- ) ; Giei Satō; Eshin Nishimura; Bardwell L Smith
Publisher: Honolulu : University Press of Hawaii, 1973.
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Although the lines of the palm of the hand are barely visible in the early light, the monks of the Tofukuji monastery have been about their familiar rounds of daily tasks for several hours. Their routine is simple but faithfully practiced. Within its repetition lies the key to the self and the Buddha who resides within. The daily life of the monastery is portrayed here in ninety-seven watercolor sketches. Drawn  Read more...
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Named Person: Giei Satō
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 西村, 恵信(1933- ) ; Giei Satō; Eshin Nishimura; Bardwell L Smith
ISBN: 0824802772 9780824802776 0824802721 9780824802721
OCLC Number: 730886
Notes: "An East-West Center book."
Description: xxviii, 114 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Other Titles: Diary of Zen monastic life
Responsibility: drawings by Giei Satō ; text by Eshin Nishimura ; edited and with introduction by Bardwell L. Smith.

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Although the lines of the palm of the hand are barely visible in the early light, the monks of the Tofukuji monastery have been about their familiar rounds of daily tasks for several hours. Their routine is simple but faithfully practiced. Within its repetition lies the key to the self and the Buddha who resides within. The daily life of the monastery is portrayed here in ninety-seven watercolor sketches. Drawn during his last years by the Zen monk Giei Sato, these sketches recollect his days as an unsui, an apprentice monk. With humor and steadfast warmth Sato depicts the day of leaving home and the day of returning; the rainy season and the snowy season; the chores, the rainy season and the snowy season; the chores, the celebrations, the days of cleaning, and the days of begging. Each of the charming drawings is enhanced by a brief description of the event portrayed, a touch of Zen teaching, or a note on monastic life.

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