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Published on Nov 20, 2011
Peter Barakan interviews Muho Noelke, the German abbot of Antaiji. Antaiji is a Zen monastery that is located deep in the mountains, close to the Japanese sea. The monastery commits itself to the practice of seated meditation and the study of the Buddha's teaching in the tradition of Dogen Zenji and Sawaki Kodo Roshi. Tthe community also cultivates the fields around the monastery, cuts grass and trees and does construction work to keep self-sufficient. In the interview, Abbot Muho explains about zazen, community life and the relation between teacher and student. Another contraversial topic is the precept of not-killing and eating meat.