Tuesday, 3 November 2009

The Zen Mind - a trailer for the movie.

This is a great documentary from Empty Mind Films. I'm sure you can work out what it's about, but it also gives a pretty good insight into life in Eiheiji and Sojiji temples, the two main Soto Zen temples in Japan. It's well worth a watch and you might be able to find it in full on the internet.


  1. I saw "The Zen Mind" couple of weeks ago and I think it was really boring and kind of annoying too. I love shakuhachi music but 1 hour only that music spiced with new age synths? Geez. And it was kind of funny how mysterious and idealistic "Zen" (tm) was in that movie. (deep voice): " Zen unites you, you can feel yourself with the Universe" blaa blaa. Nishijima Roshi and other Zen teachers were so lovely and unique in it and they told so realistic and "normal" things but narrator was flying in his own Zen Universe (tm) with his shakuhachi space ship. And all the mystifying on Zen gardens. *sigh*

    But no, I didn't like it and I don't recommend that documentary. But this is just my opinion. :)

  2. I totally agree with uku's assessment of this film.