I was wondering why do the Tendai monks at Mount Hiei walk over 1000 miles around the mountain ?
What is the purpose behind the walking is it walking meditation to attain samadhi ?
It may be to enjoy a 'deep fried mars bar' without concern about the calories.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... eback.html
However they are deeply inspirational, if not completely ga-ga.
Their intent is to become 'living Buddhas'.
Effort is good.
Right effort, in the right way, at the right time is better.
Maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm ignorant, I just don't get these criticisms...
It's okay for Tibetan yogis to go up into the mountains and do nothing but seated meditation 24 hours a day, which includes maybe 4 hours of sleeping in lotus posture, but heaven forbid anybody do walking meditation instead... then you're just an ascetic...
This entire practice wouldn't have been that big deal 2000 years ago, when people walked everywhere and a 30 mile walking day wasn't outrageous.
It's probably not all that different than what folks like Ananda and company were doing back in the day when they did "walking meditation throughout the night."
I would wager a higher percentage of kids die in youth & high school sports leagues every year than monks doing the Kaihougyou.
The 9 days of Douiri, yeah, I'll grant that's pretty strict asceticism, but the walking part - building up from 30~40km a day to 84km a day over a 7 year period is not that outrageous imho.