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Sogenji monastery

Knowing how to beat the drum

Before each Teisho (Dharma talk), Shukushin (ceremony on the 1st and 15th of each month in thankfulness for the place of practice), Bodhidharma and Rinzai memorial day as well as the Daihannya Sutra (first three days of the New Year), the Bishamon ceremonies (on the 3rd of each month for lay people) and of course all three memorial ceremonies for Shakyamuni Buddha (Birth, Enlightenment and Nirvana), the Big Drum HOKU is played. 

Here you can see Seigen Marloes from Holland playing the traditional Rinzai Zen beat.

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