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Visit to Ryumonji

Paper Response

I. General Impressions of/reactions to:

Shoken (the priest)


The Monastery—the structure, the symbols (iconography), etc.

II. Questions/Issues

1. What did you learn about the Zen Buddhist worldview from your visit to

2. What purpose does meditation serve in Zen? How does the practice affect the
way the practitioner lives in the world?

3. Shoken often talks about “being in moment” as a primary principle of Zen.

What does he mean by this? How might you apply this to your own life?