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  1. kinhinnoun

    In Zen practice, the walking meditation practiced between zazen sessions

  2. Etymology: 經行; Japanese: kinhin or kyōgyō, Chinese: jingxing


  1. kinhin

    Walking meditation, sometimes known as kinhin (Chinese: 經行; Pinyin: jīngxíng; Romaji: kinhin or kyōgyō; Korean: gyeonghyaeng; Vietnamese: kinh hành), is a practice within several forms of Buddhism that involve movement and periods of walking between long periods of sitting meditation. In different forms, the practice is common in various traditions of both Theravada and in Mahayana Buddhism.


  1. Kinhin

    In Zen Buddhism, kinhin, or kyōgyō, is the walking meditation that is practiced between long periods of the sitting meditation known as zazen. Practitioners walk clockwise around a room while holding their hands in shashu, with one hand closed in a fist, while the other hand grasps or covers the fist. During walking meditation each step is taken after each full breath. The beginning of kinhin is announced by ringing the bell twice; the end by ringing once. In Chinese Zen, walking meditation is done with a wooden fish, whose rhythm one's footsteps follow. Each strike of the wooden fish is a step. The pace of walking meditation may be slow or brisk, almost to the point of jogging. The terms consist of the Kanji kin and hin. Therefore if taken literally, they mean ‘to walk straight back and forth.’ Although it can be translated loosely as meditative walking or walking meditation. Its meaning is similar to the idiom "walk-the-talk" as its literal meaning includes "walking to religious teachings" or "sutra walking", because the double meaning of the first character connotes walking the truth that is talked about in the sutras.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of KINHIN in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of KINHIN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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