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Kinhin rounds?

Traditionally the kinhin rounds are being done clock-wise. This is how it is being practiced in most traditions, since the Kesa covers the left shoulder and the bare shoulder faces the altar around which the Kinhin is being done.

Recently in Switzerland the Roshi mentioned that looking at it from our brain activity, Kinhin done anti-clockwise is actually the more settling way of practicing walking meditation. He gave the example that when someone is lost in the mountains, the search team would start from where he was last seen, and then follow the roads always towards the left, because the left side is where we naturally search for inner calmness. The Roshi suggested for us to try it out for ourselves, doing Kinhin anti-clockwise for a change! During the workshop in Basel we did give it a try.


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