One of my favourite practices is shakyo (copying sutra). The way I was taught, was to treat it like a meditation. First we start by lighting incense, then saying the refuge, followed by the opening of the sutra verse, then we chant the Heart Sutra. then we get copying
All done it silent, of course, trying to keep our mind focused on the sutra and the brush & ink, letting any other thoughts pass by. We were also taught to make a stroke on the out breath, making it a very long meditation but very rewarding.
i was wondering, how this differs to the other Tendai folks out there, if at all? Or even for those who are not part of Tendai. What do you think about the practice?