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What means SHIKARYO? What is that position in a Zen monastery ?

In a Zen monastery we have very old traditions. These are an education so that the monks may awaken to their Buddha nature. In Buddhism there is of course no God to be found outside, yet we work on awakening to this human truth within. For this we have a Zen monastery. The responsible to pull the monks along is the JIKIJITSU. The JISHARYO will check that all passengers on the train are safe. The SHIKARYO will make sure that training is taking place in the correct manner, too luxurious food is not good for training, yet enough food is needed. In order for the monks to be able to eat, the offerings of society are needed. The SHIKARYO will make sure that there are enough offerings, that the monks care for the monastery, that SAMU is being done well, that ZAZEN is not being taken too lightly. The SHIKARYO will care for the monks. If somebody made a mistake, he will reprimand or punish him. These are the responsibilities of a SHIKARYO.

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