25 October 2008

The Ox Walk

In Japan, Buddhist monks do what's called the "Ox Walk" in busy city centres. They will walk deliberately slowly and ring a bell each time they take a step. If someone gives them alms, they will stop and recite a prayer for them, then continue their "Ox Walk". It's meant to be a reminder to the people to slow down and not rush, but live in the moment. Here's a video of a Tokyo monk Ox Walking in the CDB.


Adam Gonnerman said...

Very interesting. My problem is I have to rush, because I'm usually running late!

Pardon my ignorance, but you mentioned (and the vid showed) the monk reciting a prayer when alms are received. To whom is the prayer directed?

Deb said...

Interesting ... I had never heard of this .... I wonder what would happen if one tried doing this in NYC???

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